Preston Park Fire Engine Rally





Part of the TAFER Team posed against arena backdrop 2011 


There are lots of volunteers who make Preston Park possible, many with Fire Service backgrounds & some without, some who have attended almost from birth & are now taking active roles on the weekend & some more recent recruits, all are valued members of the team.

Contacts for the event.

Brett Clayton

Secretary & original member of the TAFER committee, a former Fire fighter in County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service for 31 years, currently has 7  preserved fire appliances. For any queries relating to the event or if you wish to book a Fire related charity stall please contact Brett on 01325 -377011 or email

Brett looking busy as always during the weekend!



Nigel Howarth

 Fire & Rescue Service Contact



Nigel although a self employed plumber has a Fire Brigade heritage through marrying into the Clark family - Jane's father the late John Clark was the Senior Fire Prevention Officer in Durham County Fire Brigade & the whole family have supported the event from the beginning. Nigel himself is a Retained Crew Manager on the RDS system on Durham station & own's  preserved Fire Appliance's, Nigel's son Christopher who has grown up with the rally has now followed the family tradition as a member of the RDS crew at Durham Fire Station. Becky followed Jane into Nursing and are all a big part of our team

Here is the Howarth family receiving the 'Outstanding Contribution' award at the County Durham & Darlington Fire & Rescue Service Being The Best Awards 2019 from Vice Chair of the Combined Fire Authority Audrey Laing and CFO Stuart Errington. In recognition of their commitment to the Service and Fire-fighters Charity of which the rally is one element.


Nigel celebrating his 40th Birthday at the event in 2010 in true rally fashion!


Fiona Bayes

Press & Publicity Contact


Fiona was born into the Fire Service & preservation family, her family own 2 preseved Fire 

appliances.  She serves with Lincolnshire Fire & Rescue Service in the control room & takes 

a keen interest in the Fire Service past & present.


or tel: 07807060778











Fiona at the Cenotaph, Whitehall,

representing the Fire & Rescue Service                                        The 'Bayes' family F8, making a

                                                                                                welcome return after a number of

                                                                                                    years undergoing refurbishment.



Rally marshall's paying tribute to the 'Cheapside Anniversary' disaster