Family day has old-time twist

21:07, Feb 06 2014
Sam Woolf
Sam Woolf and son Joshua Woolf (13 months) pictured with Johua's Grandfathers 1929 Graham-Paige vintage Car.

Blenheim took a step back in time yesterday as crowds gathered for the Brayshaw Park Heritage Day.

The sun shone as crowds swarmed around farm machinery, vintage cars, model planes, locomotives, boats and racing cars, and the popular miniature steam engines.

Marlborough Association of Modellers secretary Nigel Wood manned a barbecue near the train.

Alison Waltho
Allison Waltho and Bailey McLean-Waltho (2) pictured on a 1960 Ferguson Tractor.

"It's nice to see the big kids' faces when they come off the track," he said. "It is a great family day out."

Phil Parish, of Blenheim, brought along his children Sophie, Ella, Max and Marlie.

"Today has been brilliant. I think we need more family events like this," he said. "I am always looking for things to do with the kids."

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Jim Campbell
Jim Campbell operates a (circa 1930's) Bamford Swath Turner.

Bob Monkhouse said the day gave people an opportunity to see Marlborough heritage in all its glory. "It brings you back to what we used to know."

Home Front and Military Preservation Society put on a display of motorbikes dating back to the 1940s as well as other military memorabilia.

Unit Commander Adam North said it brought back memories for many elderly visitors to the heritage day.

Joy Jermyn
Joy Jermyn and Fay McCallum admire a 1958 Austin Healey.

"It has been a running joke every year that grandfathers will come up to us and say they used to be able to buy an Indian [motorcycle] for £10."

The day was topped off with a finishing parade led by Blenheim and Districts Highland Pipe Band.

Lloyd Bush and his sons Toby, 6, and Jasper, 4, said attending the heritage day had been a family tradition.

Lawrence Piesse
Lawrence Piesse (5) and his Dad Warren Piesse take a look at an elaborate water pump and brass tap unit that formed part of the vintage machinery display.

"I have been going to this event since I was a nipper and it is fantastic. I think all the people who put work into it deserve a 10 out of 10," he said.

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