Morecambe will be Splendid as our steampunks hit national telly

A Steampunk band at a previous festival in Morecambe.
A Steampunk band at a previous festival in Morecambe.
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Morecambe’s “splendid and faintly ridiculous” steampunks are all set to be unleashed on national TV.

BBC1 programme Inside Out will feature our town’s ‘League of Splendid’ tonight at 7.30pm .

Morecambe steampunks Ian and Rose Roberts, and Rob Bracewell will explain the popularity of the cult phenomenon where people dress up like characters from HG Wells and Jules Verne books.

A clip from tonight’s show, filmed at the town’s regular steampunk festival ‘A Splendid Day Out’, has been released by the BBC.

It describes the unusual steampunk craze as “Imagine time stopping still during the Victorian era and the Industrial Revolution – then add some imagination and lots of creativity.”

Rob Bracewell says during the clip: “It’s grown ups getting together and celebrating the fact that there are potentially, in our imagination, other worlds available.

“It’s a community of people who actually like manners, looking splendid and being faintly ridiculous.”

The programme will be screened at the Parisian Bar in the Winter Gardens theatre tonight to kick off this weekend’s ‘A Splendid Day Out’ festival.

It runs until October 23 and includes music at The Hothouse, and an artisan market and the art of tea duelling at The Platform.

For more information see HERE.

To see the BBC clip click HERE.