The rally assembled outside the Museum of Science and Industry and the Birmingham Assay Office in Newhall Street and the steam driven vehicles paraded around St. Paul’s Square several times during the day.
(However, use of the steam whistle had to be stopped as it set off car and building alarms within quite a wide radius and made children cry!
A Model Railway Exhibition was also held inside the church, organised by Canon Denis Claringbull, vicar of St Paul’s Church at the time.
One year, without warning, Birmingham City Council cancelled the Steam Fair and even the Museum of Science & Industry has also ‘gone’ forever, including the original Elkington’s factory. Unfortunately, after attempts to preserve this historical site, no sign whatever remains.
Also the horse trough which was at the bottom of Carver Street for the dray horses from the local brewery, etc., used to drink from before climbing the hill, and is somewhere under wraps and it would be good to see this appear again as a feature!