Things get steamy at Milton of Crathes

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Thousands of steam and vintage enthusiasts turned out at the weekend to celebrate the 39th anniversary of the Deeside rally.

The event, which takes place at Mlton of Crathes was held over Saturday and Sunday attracted around 450 cars, motorcycles, tractors, military vehicles and various other entrants from all over Scotland.

Deeside Steam and Vintage Club Rally chairman, Bob Lawrie, said he was very pleased with how the weekend went despite a slight fall in the turnout.

“It was a great weekend. We had 450 exhibits and the atmosphere was great throughout. We’ve had a lot of feedback from people saying how much they enjoyed themselves.

“Unfortunately I think the turnout was down a bit from last year, but we don’t know why.

“However, those who were there enjoyed themselves and we have made some money for charity.”

Last year the event raised just over £10,000. Chest, Heart and Stroke Scotland in Aberdeen received £5,000 and the remainder was spread among local charities.

Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal will be the main beneficiary this time.

Mr Lawrie said: “We will not know how much money we have received until probably the end of this month but hopefully it will be similar to last year.

“We chose Monty’s Maggie’s Appeal as the main charity this year because it keeps with our tradition of supporting charities which are connected with the hospital.”