PHOTO SLIDESHOW: Slaidburn Steam Fair 2013

It was the best rally that we’ve ever had in its 33 years” was how the organiser of Slaidburn Steam Fair and Vintage Vehicle Display described this year’s event.

Held on Saturday and Sunday, the event attracted the highest number of exhibitors of steam engines and vintage tractors – as well as vintage and classic cars and motorcycles – in its history.

Visitors flock to Slaidburn Steam Fair and Vintage Vehicle Display. Photos by David McNamee.

Visitors flock to Slaidburn Steam Fair and Vintage Vehicle Display. Photos by David McNamee.

Organiser David McNamee said: “The weather shone on us on both days. It couldn’t have been better. It was scorching hot on both days and everywhere was completely chock-a-block. It’s a long time since the village has been so busy.”

One of the most popular attractions at the event was the fully restored Bounty Bus.

A 1931 REO Speedwagon single-decker, it used to ply the bumpy route between Clitheroe and Slaidburn until it was pensioned off.

“It attracted so much interest and brought back so many memories for everyone,” said Mr McNamee.

There was also dancing by local schoolchildren, which included maypole dancing, and also the Lancashire Wallopers Clog Dancers.

Mr McNamee said he would like to thank everyone who helped out with the event in any way.

“They made it the success it was,” he said.

Mr McNamee gave special thanks to Nick and Vicky and their staff at the Hark to Bounty who were run off their feet the entire weekend.

Since the annual show first started in 1980, £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 also used to restore the village war memorial.

The fund-raising total from this year’s event is not yet known, but any money raised will continue to support local good causes.