The power and the glory all set for steam reprise

Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine

Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine

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HISTORIC Trencherfield Mill at the heart of Wigan is all set to host a hissing Heritage Day spectacular on Bank Holiday Monday (May 6).

Classic cars, traction engines, birds of prey, live street theatre, canal trips and a vintage clothes and crafts fair will ensure an action-packed programme for all the family.

However the star of the show will be Wigan’s mighty Trencherfield mill engine, which will be in full steam.

There’ll also be live music from local folk group Chonkinfeckle and Skelmersdale Prize Brass Band.

Leisure and cultural provider WLCT (Wigan Leisure and Culture Trust) has organised the day in partnership with Trencherfield Mill Residents Association.

The Trencherfield Mill Steam Engine is one of the largest and finest working examples of its type. Built more than 100 years ago, this mammoth metal powerhouse was regarded as a feat of industrial engineering.

Churning out a massive 2,500 horsepower to feed the ever-hungry machinery of Trencherfield Mill, it played an instrumental role in Wigan’s industrial development.

Main organiser is Trencherfield Mill steam engineer Bill Rowley from WLCT. He said: “We held this event last year for the first time and it was extremely popular. There’s going to be so much happening, it’s going to be a great day out for the whole family and a real celebration of the industrial heritage which is so intrinsically linked to Wigan’s history.”