Steam fair fans who were left bitterly disappointed after two years of cancellations are celebrating its welcome return next year.
The Great Dorset Steam Show’s MD Martin Oliver announced the event will definitely go ahead in 2022, after being cancelled in 2020 and 2021.
The news was greeted with an absolute outpouring of joy on Facebook, with 600 comments racked up in less than an hour.
One commenter, KD Johnson, said: “Great News!
“This annual event is one of, if not the, highlight of my year and I have missed it dreadfully.”
And John Mitchell said: “Excellent news Great Dorset Steam Fair – just the news we have been waiting to hear.”
Martin said: “We are delighted to be sharing this news with you after what has been a very long and difficult 18 months for us all.
“The show dates will be August 25-29.
“We are so grateful to all of you that have held your tickets (and camping) over from the 2020 show and I am pleased to confirm that these will be re-issued to you electronically this afternoon with all of the new dates on them for next year.”
New tickets and camping for the 2022 show went on sale this week and the directors are expecting demand to be high. Martin added: “I am confident that it will be a great success.
“We have all missed the steam fair massively these past two years and it will be wonderful to see you all back at Tarrant Hinton next August. May I take this opportunity of thanking everyone for their continued support.”
By Miranda Robertson