Upper Denby set to host steam rally and best dressed house contest

Spirit of 1935 evoked as part of weekend festival

Vintage steam engines will be on display and winning houses from the Upper Denby well dressed house competition from 1935

The spirit of 1935 is set to be re-created as villagers compete to decorate their homes.

Upper Denby is set to be transformed as part of a weekend of festivities in May.

Residents are being invited to hark back to the Silver Jubilee of King George V when villagers adorned their homes with bunting to mark the occasion.

The event is one of many in the Denby Steam Rally, organised by landlord of The George Inn, Dean Wyatt.

A parade of vintage steam traction engines will take place with a host of other activities over the weekend of May 17-18.

Dean said: “Decorating homes was something that died out along with the Denby Feast so we’re bringing it back to coincide with the steam rally.

“There’s a £100 prize for the best home.”

The fundraising event is being hosted to raise cash for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance.

The programme of events begins on Friday May 16 with 1950s-style rock duo Dominic and Kieran performing at the pub.

On Saturday May 17, the pub will have a children’s entertainer and magician from 11.30am before a fly-by of a Cessna plane at 1.45pm.

Shepley Band perform at 2pm and then at 4.30pm the steam engine road run convoy will depart for Ingbirchworth.

At 8.30pm Denby Dale’s own covers band, The Following, will play a gig.

On Sunday another fly-by is booked for 12.30pm before a 150th anniversary balloon race at Denby First School at 1pm.

The best decorated house winners will be announced at 1.45pm and Winston’s Pennine Jazz group are booked to appear at 2pm.

The weekend will round off with a Denby Dale tradition, a giant home made pie and pea supper. Commemorative glasses will be on sale and artisan food stalls will be available for refreshments.

For information see <a href = 'www.denbysteamrally.co.uk'>www.denbysteamrally.co.uk</a>

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