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Last weekend the Traction Owners Club celebrated its 40th anniversary by holding a rally in Kent.

On the Friday night the tractions gathered in the recreation ground in Peasmarsh for a rather wet Hog Roast – but in great British spirit the umbrellas went up and everyone carried on socialising.

…over the weekend 138 people attended with 66 Tractions

On Saturday the organisers, John & Bev Barsley, had organised a 53 mile round route so members could decide what they wanted to visit – the Tenterden Steam Railway, the lovely Romney Churches, Brenzett Aero Museum, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch Narrow Gauge Steam Railway, Dungeness with its quaint fisherman cottages and the Old Lighthouse. All the Tractions eventually ended up in Rye to park along the Strand Quay and a chance to visit this lovely little town.

We were entertained by the Cosmic Sausages…

In the evening the meal was held at the Flackley Ash Hotel where most people were staying. All enjoyed a traditional roast carvery so our European friends could enjoy “roast beef”, Yorkshire pudding and all the trimmings. We were entertained by the Cosmic Sausages – a truly amazing talented and very funny band – have a look at them on U tube!

Sunday was a short drive to the National trust property at Sissinghurst Gardens and then on to Hole Park for lunch and the Award giving ceremony.

In total over the weekend 138 people attended with 66 Tractions – members came from the UK, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Norway (but not in a Traction on this occasion) and the Turks and Caicos Islands ( he keeps his Traction in Paris!).

Bev Oates
Publicity & Marketing Officer
Traction Owners Club