Bittern's arrival in North Yorkshire is down to the Artistic Director of the Swaledale Festival, Malcolm Creese, who had a conversation in a pub with one of the bosses of the company that owns the locomotive.
Bittern's visit marks the start of the annual festival of music and arts across Wensleydale and Swaledale, which has been running for 42 years.
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