Slideshow: First Stamford Steampunk Festival

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Victorian fashion and sci-fi themes came together as Stamford hosted its first Steampunk Festival.

Visitors from across Britain descended on Stamford for a festival celebrating the genre known as steampunk.

Stamford Steampunk Festival at Stamford United Reformed Church Hall, Broad Street - from left, Katherine and Trevor Shaw with Kerry Burton at her stall Nightshades Clothing'Photo: MSMP100813-052js

Stamford Steampunk Festival at Stamford United Reformed Church Hall, Broad Street - from left, Katherine and Trevor Shaw with Kerry Burton at her stall Nightshades Clothing'Photo: MSMP100813-052js

The fair, held at the United Reformed Church Hall in Star Lane on Saturday, featured stalls selling fashion inspired by the Victorian era and science fiction.

Visitors dressed in flowing gowns and top hats, carrying steam-powered gadgets and inventions at odds with the time period of their outfits.

The event offered a chance for people to take part in steampunk events such as “tea duelling”, where the winner is the person with a dunked biscuit that doesn’t crumble.

And there were workshops on making hatpins and writing Penny Dreadfuls, a lantern show and contests for best facial hair.

Organiser Lorna Grace Vibert said: “I’m so pleased about the success of Stamford’s first steampunk convivial. Everyone had a splendid time and we’re organising and looking forward to next year’s event already.”