Grand old lady is star turn

A 12-TONNE steamroller will become the star attraction at an art event this weekend.

The Coquet Lass is well known in Northumberland after being rescued and restored by Hartburn resident David Walker.

The antique steamroller has appeared at numerous local events, including the Morpeth Northumbrian Gathering, and now it will be making the journey to Newcastle’s Quayside to take part in the arts festival International Print Biennale.

The Stupendous Steamroller Printing Event, which forms part of the festival, will see The Coquet Lass roll over a specially commissioned linocut, created by artists and children at Northern Print in Ouseburn.

The design forms an aerial view of the Tyne and visitors will be able to take part in the creation of three gigantic prints by helping to spread ink on the linocut and cheering on the steamroller.

International Print Biennale Director Anna Wilkinson said: “This event is all about exciting the imagination of people who don’t normally engage with print.

“We’re hoping that by capturing their attention with this fun event they will be inspired to visit one or more of the International Print Biennale exhibitions and events.”

A full programme and listings for the festival is available online at