Queen honours steam fair founder Mary

Mary Harrison, Chipping Steam Fair founder who has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

Mary Harrison, Chipping Steam Fair founder who has been awarded the British Empire Medal.

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The founder of Chipping Steam Fair, Mary Harrison, is to be awarded the British Empire Medal.

Mary, who lives in Chipping, has been listed in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

She is being congratulated by the Chipping Steam Fair Committee, event supporters and visitors to the popular event.

Committee member Heidi Caunce-Berry said: “Mary Harrison is an incredible lady, as secretary of CSF she works tirelessly throughout the year making sure everything is on course for another brilliant show.

“Her energy and enthusiasm for the cause is boundless, putting us younger committee members to shame on occasions.

“This award is suitably fitting for Mary’s tremendous work over the years.”

Mary started the fair, which raises funds for good cause causes each year, in 1997.

That was when the old Chipping Village Hall was in desperate need of replacement and the village had started fund-raising for a new build.

Mary came up with the idea of gathering together a few classic vehicles owned by some of the locals and congregating on the Talbot Public House car park during a village family fun day.

From those small beginnings the fair has grown into what it is today, moving first to the agricultural show site in 1998 and then to Green Lane in 2004.

The second year raised an incredible £10,000 towards the village hall project and this year the fair was the best yet, with more visitors attending.

There were also more exhibitors exhibiting and more positive feedback about the show and organisation.