The show had to go on for the cavalcade team

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HEAVY rain may have forced the cancellation of the Rushden Cavalcade, but organisers proved the show must go on by holding an alternative event.

Rushden Historical Transport Society was forced to cancel the annual Cavalcade of Historical Transport and Country Show for the first time in its 34-year history due to the heavy rainfall experienced across the county over the past few weeks.

The show usually attracts more than 25,000 visitors each year and brings together more than 1,200 exhibits of traction engines and vintage vehicles from across the country.

But after the cavalcade venue off the A6 Bedford Road became water logged it was impossible for the organisers to go ahead with this year’s show.

Society chairman John Sugars said it would have been impossible to reorganise it for later in the summer due to the amount of preparation required. Society members instead decided to hold an alternative family-fun bank holiday weekend event at Rushden Station.

Mr Sugars said: “The cavalcade had to be cancelled so we decided to do something else.

“The loss of income is about £40,000. To get a little bit of money back we put on an extra weekend event at the station.”

Visitors were able to take part in train rides in steam engines and there were some exhibitions of historical engines to appease those missing the cavalcade.

Pints of real ale were also served in the station’s bar as part of a mini beer festival.

Samantha Rose, 17, of Higham Ferrers, attended the event with her family. She said: “I enjoy going to the station. I think it’s a good outing for all the family and I always look forward to it.”

Shirley Watson, who was there with her two grandchildren, said: “My husband helped to organise the event and my grandchildren always love going to see the trains.”

People can go along to the last day of the event today from 11am to 4pm.