Steampunks descend on Bronte village for festival

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Image caption Enthusiasts arrived on the Haworth Steampunk Express

Hundreds of steampunks have descended on the Pennine village of Haworth for a festival dedicated to the genre.

The event features parades, fashion shows, music and burlesque acts.

Tea duelling – who can keep a dunked biscuit intact for the longest – is another highlight and in keeping with the movement’s courteous ethos.

Steampunk began as a sub-genre of science fiction which imagines a future powered by steam and clockwork but from a Victorian perspective.

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Image caption Steampunk often features steam-powered machinery imagined in the future
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Image caption Participants go all out with their make-up and costume

The two-day event also included photography shoots and performances from burlesque star Velma Von Bon Bon and music from Mr B – The Gentleman Rhymer.

Organisers said Haworth, home to the Bronte sisters, provided the perfect setting for a steampunk event because of its cobbled streets and Victorian aesthetic and buildings.

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Image caption Organisers said the Victorian buildings and cobbled streets were a perfect backdrop

Michael Young, one of the organisers, said it was a great atmosphere and one of his favourite events was the tea duelling discipline, which “takes real skill” and can only be played with malted milk biscuits.

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Image caption Hundreds of people descended on the small village
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Image caption Goggles and Victorian dress feature heavily

The genre draws on the influences of sci-fi novelists HG Wells and Jules Verne.

According to one participant, Alan Chapman, steampunk imagines “the future from a Victorian perspective”, where machinery “would be clockwork or steam-powered”.

Over the years it has evolved into a lifestyle movement. Mr Chapman’s wife Jackie said she enjoyed the social side of it – “getting dressed up and becoming a different person.”

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Proceeds from the event are being donated to the Sue Ryder Manorlands hospice in Oxenhope.

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Image caption Compasses, headwear and umbrellas are some of the more typical accessories
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Image caption The event, now in its seventh year, is a great social occasion, according to those attending
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Image caption Visitors come from all over the UK and Europe
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Image caption Dogs are welcome too – although they don’t have to dress up

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