IT was full steam ahead for the Border Counties Steam and Country Show in Monmouth at the weekend, with all manner of vintage vehicles, a novelty dog show, an auction and birds of prey.

The event, organised by the Border Counties Vintage Club, now takes place on the town’s Vauxhall Fields after it outgrew the previous venue at Speech House a few years ago, according to show organiser Ian Harper.

Mr Harper said; “This is our tenth show and we had 7,000 visitors through the gate this year. It was another really good event. Once again we’ll give the profits to local charities including Welsh Air Ambulance.

“We had 800 exhibitors this year including cars, commercial vehicles, motor bikes, tractors, stationary engines, trades and crafts.

“The auction was organised by Gwillam Richards from Trellech and the dog show was run by Ruth Thompson and Sheila Luxmore.

“We also had a falconry display for the first time this year, from Black Mountain Falconry in Abergavenny, and saw the return of two fair organs that travelled here from Belgium. They are the only two of the kind that are able to play simultaneously and they played everything from the Dambusters theme tune to the theme from Dumbo.”

“I’d like to thank everyone who came along. Without them we wouldn’t have a show and thanks too to all our sponsors, including Harold Johns Agricultural in Trellech and Wye Valley Feeds in Monmouth.

“The event was a real team effort and everyone has a part to play. We have 112 members in the club and all of them took part over the weekend in some way.”

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