Museum re-opens with a new man at the wheel

UP AND RUNNING: Keith Moyes, manager of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, with a refurbished 1954 Leyland Tiger Cub on display for the museum's opening this week

UP AND RUNNING: Keith Moyes, manager of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum, with a refurbished 1954 Leyland Tiger Cub on display for the museum's opening this week

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Leyland’s popular vehicle museum is banking on its recent successes by finally employing a manager.

The British Commercial Vehicle Museum has reported making a profit for the third time in the last three years, and hard-working trustees have been able to appoint someone to man the King Street building full-time.

Stephen Bullock, who looks after the museum’s finances, said: “This is a really positive step forward for the museum.

“The financial results from 2012 were very promising and it was the third year we made a profit, so we’ve been able to employ a manager now who will be on site full-time.”

Keith Moyes, from Manchester, started in the role a couple of weeks ago, ahead of the museum re-opening for the 2013 season this weekend.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to the challenge, and seeing the museum full of visitors, which is what it’s all about.”

The museum opens again on Saturday, and the first event on the calendar is the annual Bus and Coach Show on Sunday.

New double-deckers, luxurious touring coaches and vintage buses from times gone by will be on show, and will coincide with an exhibit inside the museum covering the history of passenger transport from horse-drawn days.

There are also new displays at the popular attraction for this year, and more small vehicles from the 1940s and 1950s are on show.

New stock has been launched from the museum’s vast photographic archives for people to purchase on the e-commerce website, such as cups, T-shirts and calendars.

Other events planned this year include Classic Ford meets steam at the museum, the Vintage and Classic Motorcycle Show, the American Roadshow (coinciding with the Leyland Festival), the VW all-comers day, and Cream of Classics Show Day.

The trustees are also preparing to take part in a huge commemoration to mark the 100th anniversary of the start of the First World War next year, as the museum will feature a special themed display which visitors will be able to watch unfold.