COMMUNITY spirit was alive and well during this year's Bryn-y-Maen Exhibition.

The family show, in a rural village near Colwyn Bay, returned on Saturday, May 11 for its third year.

Thanks to the Jones family of Bryn y Maen farm and Mr C Roberts, Geufron Farm, this year was deemed "extra special" as the event was held on the original fields in the heart of the village for the first time since the 80s.

The day featured vintage tractors, motorbikes, classic cars, crafts, stationary engines and machinery.

There were also heavy horses, scarecrow making, sheep shearing, dog obedience and a wheel changing competition.

Angharad Mullarkey, part of the committee for the exhibition, said: "Last year we had 800 people come and there was more this year. Everyone enjoyed themselves.

"Some of the highlights included the scarecrow making, wheel changing and the shearing - the crowds were cheering everyone on.

"It is an exhibition rather than a show historically. We had all the classic vehicles, we do a parade, and the atmosphere is lovely.

"The fire engine present was a 1948 Dennis. The fire engine was Ronnie Marian’s (now deceased). He was one of the original founders of the show back in the 70s.

"The engine was done up by Stan, Ronnie’s brother. Ronnie's daughters Joanne and Lucy were involved in getting the engine ready for the show. It was very emotional for them to have the engine in the show."

Bryn y Maen exhibition was resurrected in 2017. Before this year there had not been a show since the early 1980s.

Angharad added: "We have got a lovely community, all local people investing their time - there is a lot of effort.

"Some people who came to the event had travelled some distance, so it is nice to see local people and new faces enjoying themselves.

"We live in a tiny village, in the sticks. We have got no village shop, no pub and it is what we make of it and we make the most of it."

Bryn y Maen community has secured grants to assist with a village noticeboard. Their next mission is to secure funding to place a red BT telephone box in the village to act as a community exchange and site for a defibrillator.

"We need lots of votes to stand a chance," Angharad said.

The community is applying for funding. To vote, visit