VOLUNTEERS are working round the clock to complete urgent repairs at Barnoldswick’s Bancroft Mill Engine Museum in the hope of rescuing the next 'steam Sunday' on April 7, after hold-ups scuppered last month's first open day event of the year.

The March open day had to be held without the historic engines running when tests revealed the need for repairs after the winter break. Visitors instead were treated to reduced tickets and the chance of access to areas usually cordoned off while they were running.

“We're nearly finished now but can’t have the formal inspection until after Easter, said Chairman Tim Maudsley. “We hope all will be ready to go but suggest anyone checks our website before setting out.

“Of course, it we have to remain static, we will still be offering the same special prices of £5 for adults and completely free for all under 16s, as well as access to all areas.”

Bancroft Mill Engine Museum is a charity maintained entirely by volunteers. Apart from some grant aid from various bodies, it is largely funded by public 'steaming days' when visitors can see the enormous engine working under full power along with many other working exhibits.

A further 11 steaming days are scheduled for the year after April 7, starting with Sunday, April 28. See https://bancroftmill.org.uk/ for further details and Steaming Days