Preparations step up a gear for steam fair

Slaidburn Steam Fair 2014. An Aveling and Porter six-ton steam rolller trindles through the village.
Slaidburn Steam Fair 2014. An Aveling and Porter six-ton steam rolller trindles through the village.
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It’s full steam ahead for this year’s Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display.

The popular event which has been a regular in the Hodder Valley calendar for more than 30 years will be held at the Hark to Bounty in Slaidburn from 10am on Saturday, June 11th, and Sunday, June 12th.

Slaidburn resident and organiser Captain David McNamee is hoping to have 11 steam exhibits and in excess of 40 vintage tractors.

One of the steam exhibits is Brian Allison with his steaming traction engine travelling all the way from Whitchurch in Shropshire.

And it is hoped his travels will be followed and recorded by Stephen Lowe from BBC Radio Lancashire.

Gerald Emerton from Nantwich will also be bringing one of his vintage buses displaying the livery of Bounty Motor Services.

There will also be a working demonstration of hay bailing and corn grinding as would have been common in the late 1950s.

A real family affair, Roger Bewley is travelling from Standish with his Old Thyme Children’s Fun Fair.

Other attractions include a tombola, raffle, and various stalls including the popular cake stall selling homemade cakes made by local residents.

One of the last remaining clog makers and stick makers will also be showing country crafts at the event, but Captain McNamee would like to hear from anyone who has a country craft to show at the fair or who would like to exhibit.

There will be a craft fair in the village hall as well where refreshments will also be served.

On Saturday night from 8pm entertainment will be provided by the Phil Knight Experience at the Hark to Bounty, while on Sunday there will be a hog roast.

All the money raised from the event, which is staged with the kind permission of the Slaidburn Estate, is shared between local good causes.

The event, which has been running for 36 years, has made £72,000 for local causes.

Last year half of the money made was donated to Slaidburn Parish Council and the other half to the Hodder Valley Show.

A cheque for £300 was also presented to Cancer Research UK.

Photos by David McNamee. (s)