The Cumbria Steam Gathering at Flookburgh is one of the events around the south of the county that we have sadly had to do without this year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Traditionally taking place on the last weekend of July at Cark Airfield, this popular show displays machines of a bygone era and puts on ample entertainment for visitors.

In 1990, The Mail was present when organisers gave us a great display in the air as well as on land.

It had been 50 years since the Battle of Britain and the crowds were treated to a special flypast by a Supermarine Spitfire.

The Mail:

The report noted how wonderful it was to see the gleaming brass work of steam rollers and traction engines, some of which had been faithfully restored after being found as wrecks in ditches or barns.

There were also stationary engines that powered farm machinery, with names such as the Chore Boy and Hired Man, a working exhibit that split logs.

The Mail:

Prizes were awarded to the best of the exhibits, with the best showman's engine award going to the No.1 Burrell 'His Lordship,' which was owned by Tom Varley.

Premier traction engine went to the 1900 Burrell owned by A Barber, while Peter Corbett's 1924 Aveling and Porter 8-ton was the premier road roller.