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FROM vintage Vaux vehicles to falcon flying, families enjoyed fun in the sun at the second Sunderland Steam Spectacular.

Though Sunday’s first day of the event proved a washout due to bad weather, thousands flocked to Herrington Country Park yesterday for its closing day.

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Mark Bainbridge

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Mark Bainbridge

They were able to look at classic cars and steam engines and enjoy displays by gundogs and birds of prey.

Ian Thurgood was one of scores of exhibitors, bringing with him his vintage convertible 1991 Alfa Romeo Spider.

The 53-year-old, of Sedgefield, County Durham, said: “I bought it from a lady who had kept it in storage for seven years.

“I keep the car just for shows. There’s been a lot of interest in it. You don’t got a moment’s peace. It’s lovely coming to shows like this when the sun’s out.”

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Mark Stafford

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Mark Stafford

Michael Sherwood, a Wild West re-enactment enthusiast, travelled up from Wakefield, West Yorkshire, to entertain the crowds.

As well as taking part in a live firing demonstration, he set up a stall of authentic Wild West memorabilia.

Michael, alias Lucky Lou, said: “We cover the period from 1820 to the turn of the 19th century. It’s a period which a lot of people have a fondness for.

“We were here on Sunday, and the rain was terrible – we only had one visitor – but it’s been great today.

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

“Lots of people have been asking about the weapons.”

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Alan Hood

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Alan Hood

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Andrea Moore and son James

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Andrea Moore and son James

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Peter Davison

Bank Holiday Steam Spectacular at Herrington Country Park - Peter Davison