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Mr Alexander's Travelling Show


We are delighted to be welcoming the amazing Mr Alexander’s Traveling Show to our 10th Rally Special (thanks to our very generous sponsors Brysdales and Railex). Mr Alexander will perform his Victorian variety show of magic, juggling, unicycling, balance and illusion throughout the weekend - don’t miss his three chair balancing act. We can’t wait.
Watch his video here


Dibnah Display


Sunday 29th April would have been Fred Dibnah’s 80th Birthday and we are honoured to be hosting a special display by the Dibnah family to celebrate. Throughout the weekend Fred’s three daughters Lorna, Caroline and Jayne will be displaying two of Fred’s iconic Land Rovers, whilst Jack and Roger Dibnah will be displaying Fred’s Aveling & Porter Steam Roller ‘Betsy’ together with Fred’s iconic Living Van. #freddibnah


Showman Engine Special


As it’s our 10th Steam Rally we are planning a line-up of 10 Showman’s Engines. Pride of place in the line-up will be the impressive 1905 Fowler 10318 Showman’s Road Locamotive, ‘Sunny Boy’ – an engine that has never been rallied as a full showman’s since complete renovation back in 1984. Owned by the Baldwin family, 'Sunny Boy' is likely to return to it’s home at The Commercial Vehicle Museum following their roof restorations – so this maybe the only opportunity to witness ‘Sunny Boy’ in steam. #showmansspecial


William Hunter Collection


We are proud to once again be displaying the full William Hunter Museum Collection in memory of the late and much missed William Hunter, one of the founding organisers of our rally. Our now famous Aunt Nelly’s Victorian Tea Room is dedicated to William's memory after it was his vision of wanting somewhere in keeping to go for a proper cup of tea. Next to the tearoom you will also find an array of fresh produce and plants donated by local growers for sale at very discounted prices. All proceeds from Aunt Nelly’s tearoom and produce shop go into the rally total – thank you to everyone who bakes or donates their time to run the tearoom and to all the local growers who donate produce. #williamhuntercollection #victoriantearoom #auntnellys Hunters


Sand Pit


Back by popular demand will be our Children’s Sand Pit (thanks to our generous sponsors Alty’s Building Supplies). Weather dependant, the sand pit will be located near the Children’s Vintage Fairground and the Bar Marquee. #SteamSandPit


Live Music


We look forward to welcoming back the Wigan Ukulele Club in Aunt Nelly’s Tearoom throughout the weekend and Chonkinfeckle – a folk duo from Wigan who will be playing Ukulele, Harmonica, Drums and Tub Bass in the beer tent on the Sunday, thank you guys. #wiganukuleleclub #chonkinfeckle


Fund Raising


Last year we raised a fantastic £38,023 for charity. In the 9 years we've been doing the event we have raised £305,261 for local charities and worthy causes. The success of our fund raising is a joint effort of all those concerned, including exhibitors, sponsors, helpers and the paying public – on behalf of all those that have benefited from these donations we thank you most sincerely.


It would make our weekend if this year the total exceeded last year’s. Can we beat it? Of course we can!

Here are just some of the charities, projects and services we have helped in recent years:
• St Catherine’s Hospice
• Blackpool Civic Trust
• Marie Curie
• Lancashire Infantry Museum
• Macmillan Nurses
• Senior Citizens Christmas Party
• North West Air Ambulance
• Salvation Army
• Rosemere Cancer Trust
• Vine House – Cancer Help, Preston
• Trinity House Hospice
• Rainbow House
• Bowl Cancer Charity
• RYPEN (Rotary Youth Programme of Enrichment)
• Anthony Nolan Charity
• RYLA (Rotary Youth Leadership Programme)
• Kirkham & Wesham Scouts
• Rotary District Schools Football Competition
• 2nd Kirkham Scouts
• Winston’s Wish
• Queenscourt Hospice
• Space Centre Preston
• Leukaemia & Lymphoma Society
• Feed the Homeless
• Woodlands Animal Rescue
• Dial-A-Ride
• Noah’s Arc Rescue Centre
• Calvert Trust
• Christie’s Hospital
• Tender Nursing Care
• Lancashire Life Education
• Galloways Centre for the Blind
• Chorley’s Angels
• “Rotary Kids Day Out” – Moorfield Special School
• N.W. Blood Bikes
• Derian House
• Neo-Natal Endowment Fund
• Emmmaus Homeless Charity
• The Stroke Association
• Dementia Research
• Heartbeat
• Prostate Cancer UK
• Junior Diabetes Research Foundation
• The Windmill Foundation Trust
• Good Citizens Award to School Pupils
• Jubilee Sailing Trust