Tuesday 10th October 2023

We support Thomas Aveling’s Birthday Celebration

The annual event to mark the birthday of the inventor of the traction engine and steam roller took place on Saturday 9th September in Hoo


Celebrating local heritage

Our South East team continued its support of the annual event to celebrate the life of the pioneering Victorian engineer.

This year’s celebrations included a flower procession to the grave of Thomas Aveling (made by Strood Gardening Club), live music from the Invicta Ukulele Club Band, a range of vintage steam, diesel and motor rollers, plus an exhibition about Thomas Aveling and his Aveling & Porter company.
Michael Pearce, Chairman of the Thomas Aveling Society, said: “The day of the event turned out to be the hottest day of the year, but that didn't stop it from becoming our most well-attended event to date. It was really good to welcome both new and more established residents to our celebration of local heritage.

“The many vintage engines on display brought lots of joy to all those who attended, particularly the many face-painted children who thoroughly exploring these intricate machines from our industrial heritage.

“We would like to thank Taylor Wimpey for helping us to remember Thomas Aveling and for enabling us to remind everyone of his massive international engineering achievements.”

Jason Stokes, Sales and Marketing Director at Taylor Wimpey South East, said: “Local events that bring the community together are really important and we were pleased to offer our support to the Thomas Aveling Society’s celebration again this year. 

“We have named some of the roads at our Church View development in honour of Thomas Aveling and it’s fantastic to see his legacy celebrated year on year. We hope everyone had a great time at the event.”