Belvoir Castle Steam Festival 2010

Exhibition Stand

Photograph Copyright Colin Tyson.

The sun shone on the RRA in more ways than one during the Belvoir Castle Steam Festival held over the weekend of 22nd & 23rd May. Unbridled sunshine saw the Association scoop the “Michael Gates Memorial Shield” for the most outstanding exhibit, being its portrayal of a post war Aveling – Barford trade stand.

Michael Gates Memorial Shield

Photograph Copyright Colin Tyson.

Members rollers on display included the AB Type Y5, AB Type GA and AB Type TVA all belonging to Treasurer Paul Wood, AB Type PT4 belonging to Tim Harris and also B&P Type 2 ˝ owned by Andrew and Janet Eyre. These were complimented outside by the Barford Atom Rotovator belonging to Dick Kelham. All exhibits were enclosed by white picket fencing and accessed via an entrance on each side of which were two flagpoles upon which we flew the Union Flag and an original AB publicity flag, kindly supplied by Tim Harris.

Inside visitors were treated to a full photographic display of AB products together with AB artefacts and memorabilia. In addition, a 2” scale Aveling and Porter Steam Roller sat alongside a 1 ˝” scale Aveling Barford DX both belonging to Paul Wood and centre stage inside was taken by the 4 ˝” scale Aveling and Porter belonging to Chris Wood who had kindly brought it up from Somerset. Finally, RRA members and the public were served by the Association sales stand which did brisk business throughout the weekend. All exhibitors took a turn at manning the stand and were assisted by Michael Goakes, Karen and Eleanor Wood and member Brian Marston.


Photograph Copyright Colin Tyson.

Following a run of damp rallies at Belvoir over the years it was a tremendous reward for organising committee Paul Appleton, Phil Wing, Colin Tyson and team that they should enjoy such glorious weather. Thanks to them and to my team for making our success possible. It’s one thing having the idea but another bringing it to fruition so from me, thank you one and all.

Paul Wood