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PUBLISHED: 17:06 15 April 2009 | UPDATED: 21:31 07 July 2010

Mini Steam Rally around Thetford Town Centre, setting off from the Charles Burrell Museum

Mini Steam Rally around Thetford Town Centre, setting off from the Charles Burrell Museum

TOWN centre windows and shop fronts were in need of a good wash on Sunday after dozens of mini steam engines paraded through Thetford.

Thick black steam wafted across the town's main high street and Market Place for Charles Burrell Museum's annual Easter Sunday engine rally.

TOWN centre windows and shop fronts were in need of a good wash on Sunday after dozens of mini steam engines paraded through Thetford.

Thick black steam wafted across the town's main high street and Market Place for Charles Burrell Museum's annual Easter Sunday engine rally.

Hundreds of visitors and townsfolk gathered at the tourist attraction at midday to witness around 30 mini steam-propelled vehicles drive around the town.

John Harding, mayor of Thetford, rang the former Charles Burrell works bell - made in 1856 - to mark the beginning of the rally and reopening of the museum for another season.

David Blackburn, chairman of the Friends of Charles Burrell Museum, said that the parade route had been extended and hundreds more people had turned up to this year's event, which was scuppered by snow and ice last Easter.

“We are delighted with the attendance and people have come from all over the country. It is the first opening for the year and we are looking forward to another successful season where we hope to break last year's total of 4,300 visitors,” he said.

Officials from the museum spent the winter carrying out further restoration work to their Charles Burrell Showman engine, the Queen Mary, which was built in 1920.

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