Countdown to Chippping Steam Fair

Spitfire attraction at Chipping Steam Fair
Spitfire attraction at Chipping Steam Fair

IT’s full steam ahead this May with the annual Chipping Steam Fair.

The popular event, which celebrates its 14th year, will be held on Saturday, May 26th, and Sunday, May 27th, at the Green Lane Showground, Chipping, and organisers are promising a memorable weekend.

There are a host of attractions for all the family planned as well as the usual excellent array of steam engines and classic vehicles of all varieties. Although only a two-day event this year due to the move of the Bank Holiday to celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, there will still be plenty to see and do.

A new feature this year is extra entertainment on Saturday evening when two excellent bands – “Rock Back the Clock” and “The Crown Top Kings”, plus DJ Revive 45 will perform. Entry to the evening entertainment is free to those who have paid to attend the Steam fair during the day and only £5 for those coming just for the evening from 5 p.m. onwards.

This year the committee is delighted to welcome the Lytham St Annes Spitfire to the event. This superb exhibit is a Mark VB Spitfire W3644, which was shot down by a FW190 whilst on escort duty during a bombing mission of Morlaix, France. Visitors to the Steam Fair will be able to have their photos taken with the plane for a small donation to the Spitfire Memorial Fund.

The Fred Dibnah collection including Fred’s beloved Steam Roller “Betsy” will again be at the fair, as well as an excellent line-up of 12 full sized steamers, plus another 20 miniatures. There will be lots of smoke and whistles to evoke memories of bygone days.

A spokesman for Chipping Steam Fair said: “The military section has grown over the last few years and again there will be an excellent turnout including a Mk II Chieftain main battle tank and many other tracked vehicles. There will be a vast array of classic vehicles; cars, commercials and motorcycles. Highlights amongst the classic cars include a 1911 Model T Ford owned by Mr John Horman, from Accrington, and Peter Cornwell’s collection of American classics dating from the late 1920s. Commercial vehicles are again well represented with entries rarely seen outside the British Commercial Vehicle Museum.”

He added: “There will be plenty of entertainment for all the family including a ride-on train, Punch and Judy and fun fair with bouncy castles for the children. The craft tent has increased in size to accommodate the many exhibitors and exhibitions of thatching, basket-making and new this year a demonstration of chain-saw carving. There will be a great variety food and drink on offer to keep everybody satisfied. In addition, There will be a static birds of prey exhibition on Sunday when visitors can get ‘up close’ to some fearsome looking specimens.”

The Steam Fair will be officially opened by the Mayor of Ribble Valley. Chipping Steam Fair is a registered charity and as usual all proceeds will be donated towards local good causes. Over the last 13 years well over £50,000 has been passed on to worthy causes in the village. Admission costs are £8 for adults, £6 for children/OAPs with children under 12 free. There is ample FREE car parking at the show field. For more information please visit www.chippingsteamfair.co.uk or call the show secretary on 01995 61866.