Saturday 30th December brought together many members and friends for the Stotfold Christmas Road Run. It turned out to be one of the coldest days the event had ever seen and the afternoon saw heavy rain, but spirits were high as people got their intake of festive steam!
We were to arrive at the first pub, the Three Tuns in Arlesey, on my Garrett Trailer hauled by Matt and Dan Barklem's Ave ling & Porter Roller "Silver Streak" fresh from a filming job that morning. It involved running over memory foam pillows for the QVC shopping channel! Lined up outside the pub were engines, trailers and commercial vehicles. Making its debut in the area was the Smith family's Wallis & Steevens engine of 1919, joined by the Saunders Collection example of the same type, driven by our Chairman Brian. Also from the Stotfold based Collection came the trio of Burrell's "Ex Mayor", "Majestic" and "Lord Kitchener", the pair of Garrett tractors, the Foden 6 Wheeler and the Fowler Roller along with the AEC Matador and the Bedford Green Goddess. Vice Chairman Michael Watts had a living van full of people behind his Marshall "Punch". Stuart Gray decided his Stanley Steam Car was the best mode of transport for the run.
From Arlesey the engines ran through the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire countryside and on to The Stag in Stotfold before moving to the Crown on the Green. Here the run was met by the Saunders' large Gavioli Organ playing seasonal music.
As the weather worsened we set off for home with "Silver Streak" at quite a rate to get back to Henlow before dark. Some of the other engines made their way back to Saunders Yard, with "Ex Mayor" and "Lord Kitchener" carrying on to Tudor Oaks by the Al ready for the evening entertainment in the adjoining Timbers Live Music Venue.
When we arrived back in the evening food was laid on in Timbers and the night was danced away to a live band and a karaoke.
The event was supported by the Society under our small event grant scheme, and money was raised for Stotfold Mill.