Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display is coming to town
In 1980, local resident David McNamee parked his steamroller outside the Hark to Bounty. Needless to say, it got a lot of attention.
The following year, George Coles steamed his Clayton and Shuttleworth traction engine from Manchester (which took three days) to join David.
Another friend and enthusiast, Frank Lythgoe brought his Marenghi Fairground organ – that was the start.
Over the years, the weekend has become what many enthusiasts call a unique and firmly established event in the steam rally calendar.
Steam engines come from as far south as Cheshire, with some vintage tractor enthusiasts driving their tractors from Hebden Bridge, a journey that takes three hours. In addition to steam engines and tractors, vintage and classic cars complete the show.
In the beer garden you can see the local craftsmanship, which includes one of the last remaining clog makers, you can also see the stick maker working on carving ornate handles to go on the sticks.
Slaidburn Steam Rally 2021 canceled due to pandemic
This year, organizers hope to have a local blacksmith with a portable forge and anvil, fashioning ornate works of art from iron and steel.
The local ladies will be selling delicious homemade cakes and on Sundays there is always a mouth-watering barbecue. Inside the pub, a selection of cask ales and steam-themed food are available.
Since the start of the event, £88,000 has been raised for local organizations and groups. Admission is free but donations are always welcome.