Nearly £100,000 has been raised since a steam rally rolled into being in a rural East Lancs village.

And supporters of the Slaidburn Steam and Vintage Vehicle Display are preparing to do it all over again this weekend.

Vintage cars, tractors and steam engines will rub shoulders outside the Hark to Bounty pub in the Hodder Valley village today and tomorrow.

And the proceedings, being staged for the 42nd time, will be brightened by live music from Laurie and Carol from The Coppersmiths tonight.

A display spokesman said: "Over the years the weekend has grown into what many enthusiasts call a unique event and firmly established on the steam rally calendar.

"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 complement the show.

"In 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 sticks.

"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.

"Local ladies will be selling deliciously homemade cakes and on Sunday there is always a mouth-watering barbecue. While inside the pub a selection of cask ales and food with a steam theme are available."

The history of the steam fair dates back to the early 80s and the contributions of enthusiasts including David McNamee, George Coles and Frank Lythgoe, who each had their own passion, from steam rollers and traction engineers to fairground organs.

Admission to the gathering is free but donations are gratefully received, say the organisers, with all proceeds going to Slaidburn Country Practice and Slaidburn Village Hall.