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Past has power to draw the crowds

PUBLISHED: 17:30 28 September 2001 | UPDATED: 10:36 03 March 2010

THE past is being brought back to life again this weekend when all thoughts of new technology hinge on steam - and horse - power.

One of East Anglia's biggest and most spectacular events is back at Wantisden Valley near Butley for the annual Power of the Past Country Fair.

THE past is being brought back to life again this weekend when all thoughts of new technology hinge on steam – and horse – power.

One of East Anglia's biggest and most spectacular events is back at Wantisden Valley near Butley for the annual Power of the Past Country Fair.

All weekend, working steam engines, heavy horses and vehicles such as trialing motorcycles and vintage tractors will delight visitors, and these, along with bygones, a craft barn and food hall provide a great day out for all the family.

Industry today, including work on the land, uses the latest in technology so it makes a refreshing change to take a step back in time to experience the way it was, not so long ago in years but a lifetime away in memory.

Last year more than 12,000 people enjoyed visiting over 70 stalls throughout the historic weekend which in turn raised thousands of pounds for charities in the area.

Owners of antique farming tools came from across the country to show off their collections while other displays included earth moving equipment, a huge range of military vehicles and a variety of country gift shops.

Vintage motorcycles, heavy horses and even a steam powered sawmill helped give glimpses of the past to those too young to have witnessed them personally first time around while for others it was the chance to wallow in a bit of nostalgia.

Once again this time there will be many trade and charity stalls, as well as a machinery sale, food stalls and a bar.

The Country Fair is open from 10am to 5pm both days, admission £5 adults, £2 children. Proceeds to St Elizabeth Hospice and other charities.

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