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Hundreds attend funeral of Dorset steam fair boss


Mr Oliver was founder of the fair which attracts up to 200,000 visitors

Almost 1,000 people attended the funeral of the founder of the Great Dorset Steam Fair in the village where he was born.

Michael Oliver MBE passed away "peacefully" at Dorset County Hospital, on 29 November, his family said.

The 75-year-old's funeral took place in St Nicholas Church in Child Okeford.

About 200,000 visitors attend the popular five-day event each year, at Tarrant Hinton, which celebrates the history of steam power.

The fair celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and was first held in 1969 for steam engine enthusiasts to get together.

Mr Oliver leaves his wife, Jean and their two children and four grandchildren.

The steam fair is next scheduled to be held from 1 to 5 September 2010.

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