Steam rally road run changes


For many people, the highlight of the annual Driffield Steam and Vintage Rally is the Saturday night road run into Driffield town centre by exhibits from the Showground.

In recent years, the success of this event has attracted evermore participants to the extent that there has been insufficient space within the road closure area to accommodate many of them.

This year’s event is being held on 10t August. To find more room for the vintage vehicles and with the co-operation of the East Riding Council and support of the Town Council, it has been arranged that, along with the usual town centre roads, Cross Hill car park will also be closed from 6pm. It is intended that the old motorcycles will lead the parade followed by the miniature steam engines and both will go to Cross Hill to park. This will release the space in George Street usually occupied by the miniature engines to be used for some of the tractors or cars.

To allow the procession from the Showground, which strats at 5.45pm, the East Riding Council has also arranged for rolling road closures to be in place along Beverley Road and St John’s Road. The East Riding Engine Club will be providing extra marshals to manage the closures.

It is expected that these steps will enable more people to enjoy the spectacle and hopefully increase the donations to Yorkshire Cancer Research which will be having its normal street collection. In recent years this collection alone has raised more than £2000 and this will be supplemented by the Engine Club which has Yorkshire Cancer Research as its principal charity.