Slaidburn set for big steam-up

Last year's Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)
Last year's Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display. (s)

Arrangements for the 2014 Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display are looking good with another dazzling array of steam and vintage vehicles plus country crafts on offer.

The event, which has been running for the past 34 years, will be held over the weekend of June 7th and 8th at the Hark to Bounty Inn, renowned for its good food and ale, from 10-30 am onwards.

Organiser and Slaidburn resident Dave McNamee says there has been a lot of interest in the fair with more vintage tractors than ever before. Dave has persuaded steam engineer Brian Allison to bring his Aveling & Porter roller 8794 ‘Ophelia’ all the way from Shropshire. The diminutive six ton single cylinder roller was new in February 1919 to Dorset contractor The Eddison Steam Rolling Company and was based at their Brecon depot until 1958. Brian acquired the roller in derelict condition in 1992 and has fully restored the engine.

Other long distance travellers to the event will be Clayton & Shutleworth traction engine 46059 ‘Lucy Ashton’, Burrell 10 ton roller 3535 ‘Old Ernie’ and Foster agricultural engine 12539 ‘Winnie’. Will Dakin from Sandbach in Cheshire is expected to bring one of his rare Davey Paxman engines, either 6hp agricultural 16849 ‘Little Audrey’ or 6hp portable 15584 ‘Little Shiela’ or his latest acquisition, 6hp portable 12729, acquired from auction only last year.

Supporting the full size engines will be a half size miniature of an Atkinson undertype steam wagon and a Merryweather ‘Valiant’ steam powered fire pump, which will demonstrate its capability of pumping up to 100 gallons of water a minute.

Other vintage vehicles will include over 30 agricultural tractors, classic cars and historic commercials as well as a rare 1931 REO 20-seater country bus of the type which once was used by The Bounty Motor Service to carry passengers between Clitheroe and Slaidburn.

Country crafts on show are to include a local clog maker and a blacksmith complete with portable forge.

Other attractions include fairground organs, the Lancashire Wallopers clog dancers, a craft fair, plus the Phil Knight Experience on Saturday night.

Proceeds to Slaidburn Village Hall, the Friends of Slaidburn School and the 1st Slaidburn and Hodder Valley Guides.

For further information contact Dave McNamee on 01200 446605 or visit: