In 1980, local resident David McNamee parked his steam roller outside the Hark to Bounty. Needless to say it attracted a great deal of attention. The next year, George Coles steamed his Clayton & Shuttleworth traction engine from Manchester (taking two days) to join David. Another friend and fellow enthusiast, Frank Lythgo brought his Marenghi Fairground organ – this was the start.
Over the years the weekend has grown into what many enthusiasts call a UNIQUE event and firmly established on the steam rally calander. Steam engines arrive from as far south as Cheshire, some vintage tractor enthusiasts drive their tractors from Hebden Bridge, a journey that takes three hours. In addition to steam engines and tractors, vintage and classic cars compliment the show.
On the beer garden local crafts can be seen, which include one of the last makers of clogs, you can also see the stick maker work at carving ornate handles to go on top of the stickes. This year we are hoping to have a local blacksmith with a portable forge and anvil, fashioning ornate works of art from iron and steel. A demonstration of making wooden wheels for carts and carriages will compliment the rural craft section.
Local ladies will be selling deliciously home made cakes and on Sunday there is always a mouth watering Hog Roast. Whilst inside the pub a selection of cask ales and food with a Steam Theme are available.
Admission is free but donations are always gratefully received and since the event started all those years ago, a total of £72000 has been raised for many village groups and organistations.