PICTURES Escot Engine Rally Extravaganza

PUBLISHED: 11:40 30 June 2011

Abbey Leonard nine and Eleanor Tarr eight pose for a photo with Blaze the Bear at the Escot Fire Engine Rally on Sunday. Photo by Alex Walton. Ref sho 4356-26-11AW To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

Abbey Leonard nine and Eleanor Tarr eight pose for a photo with Blaze the Bear at the Escot Fire Engine Rally on Sunday. Photo by Alex Walton. Ref sho 4356-26-11AW To order your copy of this photograph visit www.sidmouthherald.co.uk and click on myphotos24

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A vintage fire engine and vehicle rally came to Escot's gardens on a steamingly hot day last weekend.

The main attraction at the estate was a 103-year-old St Giles Steam Pump, drawn by two Percheron horses, but the crowd enjoyed a display of dozens of vintage fire engines and steam engines, with music provided by the Devon and Somerset Fire & Rescue Ceremonial Unit.

The popular biennial event raises money for The Fire Fighters Charity, which runs recuperation centres for injured fire-fighters. Chief Fire Officer Lee Howell said of the old-fashioned vehicles at the event: “The service works hard to ensure that fire-fighters have the best vehicles and equipment to do their job, but we also value the proud history of our service and have pride in our past achievements.”

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