Another steamy day in Sunderland

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thousands of people enjoyed vintage entertainment at a city park over the holiday weekend.

Engine enthusiasts young and old headed to Herrington Country Park for the first Sunderland Steam Spectacular.

Bank Holiday Weekend Steam Event held at Herrington Country Park - full steam ahead.

Bank Holiday Weekend Steam Event held at Herrington Country Park - full steam ahead.

The park was taken over by traction engines, vintage cars, tractors and classic motorcycles for the two-day event, which took place yesterday and Sunday.

Highlights also included miniature steam engines, a fun fair, gun dog demonstrations and birds of prey flying in displays.

Mum-of-two Donna Bennett, of East Rainton, was there with children Ethan, eight, and seven-month-old Isobelle.

“We’ve been to a few events at the park, such as the monster trucks, and they’ve been really good,” she said.

“We’ve really enjoyed looking around today. It would be great if this could become an annual event.”

Ethan, a pupil at East Rainton Primary School, said: “I’ve had lots of fun. I really liked the birds of prey and the engines, especially the red and white one.”

The event was brought to the city by Sunderland Live in partnership with Events Organiser Limited, which is also responsible for the Pickering Traction Engine Rally in North Yorkshire. Exhibits included a miniature engine built from scratch by David Lidster from the Northern Road Locomotive Steam Club.

He travelled from Darlington to display his scaled-down version of a Foster agricultural traction engine, which took him six years to build.

“I attend a few events like this around the country but I wanted to especially support this one as it’s local,” he said.

“The nearest thing to anything like this here is at Beamish, and I think this has the potential to be a great annual event.

“It’s been really popular and there’s been plenty of kids interested in the engines.

“For lots of them, it’s the first time they’ve seen anything like this so you end up giving them a bit of a history lesson.”