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Record numbers flocked to ‘magic’ Slaidburn steam rally

An exhibition at the 38th Annual Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)
An exhibition at the 38th Annual Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)
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Car-lovers from all over the country flocked to the Ribble Valley when the 38th Annual Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display cruised into the village.

Organiser David McNamee brought the event back to The Hark to Bounty pub last weekend for its busiest year yet.

An exhibition at the 38th Annual Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)

An exhibition at the 38th Annual Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)


It filled the area with steam engines, vintage cars and tractors and raised money for both the British Heart Foundation and the North West Air Ambulance.


David said: “It was a tremendous weekend. In 38 years in business it was the busiest Saturday we’ve ever had. By 10am there were already throngs of people there. It was superb.”


A 1926 Rolls-Royce car came from Southport while the oldest vehicle on display was a 1910 Foden Showman’s Road Locomotive and Brian Allison with his Aveling & Porter steam tractortook three days to travel from Shropshire to Slaidburn.


Residents were also treated to a raft of craft demonstrations, such as basket-weaving, and indulged in home-made cakes and a hog roast.

An exhibition at the 38th Annual Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)

An exhibition at the 38th Annual Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)


While the total proceeds have not yet been calculated, David said the two charities are going to be pleased with how much has been raised during the rally.


He added: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Slaidburn estate and to Nick and Vicky at the Hark to Bounty for all their hard work.


“Year number 38 has been magic – it’s going to be hard to top it.


“Last weekend’s exhibitors have already been asked to be put on next year’s list and in terms of feedback, you can’t ask for better than that.”