With Christmas over and a few days to go until New Year's Eve, the 6th Stotfold Christmas Road Run on the 29th December gave people a chance to get out-and-about and catch up on the preservation fraternity. The start of the day showed promising weather and apart from a rain-shower in the middle of the afternoon, the day did a least get some sunshine, albeit accompanied by a chilly winter breeze.
This event is organised by Dave Roberts under the guidance of the Society, which supports the road-run, and raised money for Marie Curie Cancer Care.
The run began from Arlesey Road, Stotfold, where eight engines were in steam. Burrell Showman's tractor "Reliance", coming from the Southampton area and Fowell Agricultural engine "The Abbott" both made their debut at this event. Two of the Saunders Collection engines, Burrell Showman's "Magestic" and the rare Foden 6-wheeler were also in steam. Another first-timer was Terry Baxter with his 4 inch scale McLaren Showman's.
At 10 am, the engines headed off to Arlesey, where Stuart and Chris Gray's Aveling & Porter steam tractor "Clementine" joined Burrells "Lord Kitchener" and "Ex-Mayor".
The first resting point was the Old Oak pub in Arlesey, where the engines were joined by the Saunders Collection 98 key Gavioli Fair Organ which played festive tunes.
After some refreshment and some much needed warmth, the road-run returned to Stotfold, stopping at the Fox and Duck for lunch. From here the they moved to the Crown pub on Stotfold's Green, where "Reliance" generated beside Saunders Gavioli organ, adding a great deal of atmosphere to the event. The Cown was the final stop before a short trundle to Stotfold Football Club for some food and evening entertainment featuring local group Maxwell Hammer followed by karaoke.