MP says: ‘Tanks for the memory’

Mike Penning MP arrives in a tank to open the Dacorum Steam Fayre
Mike Penning MP arrives in a tank to open the Dacorum Steam Fayre
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Hemel Hempstead MP Mike Penning took the opportunity to brush up his tank driving skills when he officially opened the Dacorum Steam and Country Fayre.

In marked contrast to last year, the annual steam fayre enjoyed great weather, ensuring a good turnout and a good time for all who attended.

The steam fayre, which took place at Green Croft Farm in Potten End, attracted a large number of traction engines, farm machinery and static displays.

Mike Penning arrived to officially open the fayre in a FV432 armoured personnel carrier which he later got a chance to drive around an empty field.

He said: “I congratulate Dawn Bunker and her team of organisers of this wonderful event. It is a great day out and Angie and I had a very enjoyable afternoon.

“It was great to have a chance to drive the 432 around an empty field after the opening.

“It must be 30 years since I last drove one but I was impressed how quickly the skills all came back to me.”

The Dacorum Machinery and Steam Preservation Group has donated more than £125,000 to the Hospice of St Francis, in Berkhamsted, since the event began nine years ago.