CROWDS of people headed down for the annual Cumbria Steam Gathering event.

This year was the first time that the event returned post-pandemic.

In addition to the usual collection of vintage exhibits, owners of customised cars and modern trucks were part of the show.

David Foster, treasurer of the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society, who organised the event, said the weekend went 'pretty well'.

He said: "We have suffered over a number of years, pre-covid from bad weather.

"The weather didn't look like it would be on our side on Saturday but people turned out in healthy numbers."

The Westmorland Gazette: Red tractors at The Cumbria Stream GatheringRed tractors at The Cumbria Stream Gathering

Mr Foster said that 'even larger' numbers came out on Sunday when the sun was shining.

The event has been held at Cark Airfield since 1986 and this year the Cumbria Steam & Vintage Vehicle Society used the event to pay tribute to former rally organiser Tim Holt, who died in 2021 and was described as 'the driving force' over the last 50 years.

His loss was described as ‘a great hole left in the movement’ by his close friend.

Mr Foster, a steam train enthusiast who has been involved with the gathering since the inaugural event in 1973 at Kendal, said a highlight from this year's festival was a steam train from Derbyshire.

The Westmorland Gazette: Classic cars at The Cumbria Stream GatheringClassic cars at The Cumbria Stream Gathering

Thanking people for their support over the weekend, Mr Foster said: "Thank you to everyone for turning out in such good numbers, particularly on the Saturday when the weather was against us.

"We've had tremendous support. We've had a number of local sponsors that have come in and contributed funds and advertised with us.

"Just a massive thanks to so many people. Everybody who is part of the organising team, who works on the field, are all volunteers and they do a tremendous job.

"Without the efforts of all those people, it just couldn't happen."