If there is something we can tell about our Fayre, this is it:

The sun was out and everybody was geared up whether steward, exhibitor or member of the public, for a weekend they would all remember.

Opening: 9 a.m.

Admission:

  • Adults: £6
  • Children (10-16)/O.A.P: £4
  • Under 10’s: Free!

Attractions:

  • Arena displays from 11 a.m.
  • Bar with Live Entertainment and Disco – Friday and Saturday

Static and working Exhibits:

Collections of steam engines, vintage engines, classic engines and modern engines. Also featuring aero engines, Military, buses, motorcycles, tractors and commercials.

Events:

Lawn mower racing, Purple Helmets motorbike displays and stunt team, Fairground rides plus many many more.

Other Attractions:

Auto Jumble, food hall, model and crafts tent, Amusements plus many more stalls.

Review of our Fayre

MERRY making was the order of the day on the 17th and 18th of June when the second annual Scorton Vintage and Country Fayre was held at Woodacre Lodge Farm, Scorton.

There were certainly plenty of attractions on the day such as the model and craft tent and food hall, the fantastic trade stands for a family outing and the excellent attractions in the main ring such as the Motorcycle Display and Stunt Team, Tot Longton with his sheepdog display and the Cheval Shire Horse Working Exhibition.

Also well received was the speedy lawn mower racing which pulled in the crowds and received a warm welcome from the public who had come to visit the fayre.

Not to be ignored were all the static and working exhibits such as the steam engines, classic cars, motorcycles, tractors and military vehicles that attracted a lot of interest from people who admire those sort of vehicles.

But was it bigger and better than last year’s event? Organisers Paul and Janice Whittingham seem to think so.

“We were extremely busy at the weekend, especially on the Saturday which was a extremely hot day and very well attended.”

Janice Whittingham

“Although we were interrupted on Sunday with some rain, many people still came which has proved to us that the fayre has been well received and made its mark on the local events calendar.”

Paul Whittingham

At night, there was live entertainment with a disco, which gave people a chance to enjoy themselves even more. There were plenty of refreshments available and the whole 20-acre site was packed with people enjoying themselves and getting into the summer spirit.

Overall, Janice and Paul feel that they have had another successful event and hope that people enjoyed themselves as much as intended.

“It’s a lot of work and takes up a lot of our time so we’re very grateful to the members of the committee who help. Let’s hope that as long as people come year after year we will be able to continue organising it and provide all the fantastic attractions that has caused our event to be so well received.”

PAUL

The dairy was a former 19th century cotton mill powered by an underground waterwheel supplied by a canal feeder from the river Wyre. The cotton mill was built sometime between 1790 – 1800, but was not an initial success. In the early 19th century it was taken over by Webster Fishwick of Burnley and not long after passed to his son George. Later, about 1854, Peter Ormrod became owner and the mill supplied his Bolton spinners with yarn.

The cotton mill closed in about 1920 and after that was used as a joiner’s shop and later a clog factory. In its heyday as a cotton factory, the main building was three storeys high. The site has been derelict for many years and the part that still survives represents only a small portion of the original mill. These scenes of the dairy date from the mid 1950’s.

Scorton may boast three churches but the village is fairly unique having no recognisable public house. Scorton has been without a traditional village pub since the 19th century! In recent years.


however, liquid refreshment has been available to residents and visitors at the Priory restaurant which has licensed premises. Local folklore has it that a 19th century innkeeper refused to serve a visiting wealthy nobleman whose response was to buy the inn and close it down! More accurately, we can say that it was probably a combination of the Lord of the Manor and the owner of the Cotton Factory who both greatly favoured temperance among the village folk at that time. Indeed, an attempt to open a beer shop in 1830 was short lived!