STEAMPUNKS will descend on a North-East town this weekend.

In a nod to Darlington’s Victorian heritage, the group of ‘steampunk’ enthusiasts will gather in the town’s market square ahead of a charity masked ball taking place tomorrow night (Saturday, August 2).

The steampunk movement, inspired by the industrial revolution and science fiction from the likes of Jules Verne, sees its members don elaborate costumes in a bid to recreate the imagination of a bygone era.

The Victorian Steampunk Connection, a Darlington-based group, will host the masked ball in aid of the Great North Air Ambulance.

The event, taking place at the Voodoo Cafe on Skinnergate, will feature a variety of stalls, food, raffles and a performance by steampunk band BB Blackdog.

Organiser Bill Morland said: “Steampunk is a bit of a roleplay set up where people dress in a Victorian style and come out of themselves to be whoever they want to be.

“Our group has members from all over the country and we’re expecting a lot to come to Darlington for our first official social function.

“Members suggested doing it for charity and we’ve decided to raise money for the Great North Air Ambulance.”

Stalls will run at the Voodoo Cafe from 11am with the masked ball starting at 7pm.

Tickets, which are almost sold out, cost £15 and can be booked by emailing