THOUSANDS of people are set to descend upon South Cerney Airfield this weekend to enjoy a nostalgic trip back in time.

The annual Gloucestershire Steam & Vintage Extravaganza which takes place from August 1 to 3, is celebrating its 40th birthday this year.

To mark the occasion those born on September 6 and 7 1975, the weekend of the very first show, will receive a complimentary ticket for this year’s show, if they can prove their date of birth.

In its humble beginnings the show attracted just 500 visitors. Now  more than 15,000 attend over the three days and over the last 40 years  the event has raised over £100,000 pounds, donating to both local and national charities including the Cobalt Appeal Fund and Diabetes UK.

Included in the event this year will be a Steam Arena, with non-stop steam action, model aircraft displays and a Countryside Arena, with ferrets to shire horses.

For more information and to buy tickets visit www.glos