THE bright weekend weather saw a bumper crowd attend the final open weekend of the year at the Tees Cottage Pumping Station, in Darlington.

More than 800 visitors enjoyed seeing the 1904 beam engine and associated boiler, and the 1914 gas engine, in operation and watched the site blacksmiths working at their forge.

Sunday also saw 120 exhibitors, many from the Teesside Yesteryear Motor Club, bring their prized vehicles to the site.

The next open weekend will be in April 2022 but anyone wishing to visit the site before then, or join TCPS as a volunteer, should contact the site, details of which can be found at