Slaidburn prepares for weekend Steam Fair and Vintage Vehicle Display

Slaidburn Steam Fair 2012. 'Photo. David McNamee

Slaidburn Steam Fair 2012. 'Photo. David McNamee

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An old bus will be one of the star attractions among the steam-powered giants in Slaidburn this weekend.

The ‘Bounty Bus’ is a 1931 REO Speedwagon single-decker that used to ply the bumpy route between Clitheroe and Slaidburn until it was pensioned off.

Now fully restored and resplendent in “The Bounty Motor Service” livery, visitors will be able to see the bus at the Slaidburn Steam Fair and Vintage Vehicle Display around the Hark to Bounty pub this Saturday and Sunday.

This year’s event will also feature seven or eight full size steam engines, more than 35 tractors and the same number of vintage/classic cars.

The annual show first started in 1980 when its organiser David McNamee parked his Aveling and Porter steam roller outside the Hark to Bounty, on the eve of a village event.

It attracted a lot of attention, and a fellow steam enthusiast promised to bring his traction engine the following year. Another enthusiast said he would bring his fairground organ.

The event grew from there, with a handful of stalls pitching up on the adjacent beer garden, and within a couple of years the event had expanded.

This year’s attractions will include a Saturday evening appearance by the Phil Knight Experience, the Lancashire Wallopers Clog Dancers on the Sunday, and rural craft fair and demonstrations on both days, including one of Lancashire’s last clogmakers, Roger Dower, and Dales shepherd’s crook maker Phil Cairns. The village school and village groups and organisations will run their own fund-raising stalls.

Admission is free, and money to benefit village causes is collected in honesty buckets.

Since the rally started, £62,000 has been raised. The bowling green was reinstated with proceeds from the rally, and the school, church, playgroup, village hall, Brownie pack, health centre, village archives and Young Farmers’ Club have all benefited. Nearly £1,000 was used to restore the village war memorial.

For more details visit: www.slaidburnsteam.co.uk or call 01200 446605.