BACK in 1980, Slaidburn 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 three days) to join David.

Another friend and fellow enthusiast, Frank Lythgoe, brought his Marenghi Fairground organ. This was the start.

Over the years the weekend has grown into a unique event with steam engines coming from far and wide. There are also tractors and vintage and classic cars.

The latest event is the 40th anniversary and is on June 11 and 12 at the Hark to Bounty pub, in Slaidburn where there will be fairground organs, rural crafts, barbecue and cakes. The pub will be open for food and drink.

Admission is free with donations accepted. Proceeds will go to Brennand's Endowed School, Slaidburn, and Thorneyholme School, in Dunsop Bridge.