Steam Sunday returns

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If steam is your thing, then don’t miss Steam Sunday on 9th October. The event, organised by a team of local craftsmen from specialist business Heritage Painting welcomes a convoy of 8 vintage engines, which will be travelling from at 10pm Darwen to Blackburn arriving outside the Town Hall at around noon.

In addition there will be a range of street food traders including traditional Indian snacks by Pavs Dhaba, a hog roast, a fairground organ and clog dancing with Alex Fisher and children from Year 6 at St Thomas’s school, Blackburn.

The event has been made possible with funding from the Blackburn Business Improvement District (BID). Manger of the BID, Harriet Roberts, said: “Heritage Painting’s steam engines proved a massive hit at last year and we are hoping this spectacle will help bring visitors into the town centre. It’s fabulous to have such an interesting heritage company move into the borough and we want to support their business.”

Specialists in hand painting locomotives, Heritage Painting, recently relocated to premises on Watery Lane Industrial Estate in Darwen and will be one of the businesses that we are hoping to work with on the Townscape Heritage project.

Ian Hewitt, founder of the firm which has worked on the world-record breaking steam train, the Flying Scotsman and the Mallard, Britain’s fastest steam train, said: “The event will put our business and new workspace on the map and it will also help to make people aware that our craft isn’t dying and these traditional skills still exist.”

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