Gearing up for the festival parade

Keith Moyes, manager of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum
Keith Moyes, manager of the British Commercial Vehicle Museum
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American trucks, motorcycles, cars and vans will be some of the main attractions of the Leyland Festival procession.

Volunteers at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum have organised for more than 30 vehicles, plus the bikes, to feature in the parade through Hough Lane on Saturday, June 15, to kick start the festival.

Manager Keith Moyes said: “We will have a lot of volunteers working on the parade, and we’ve got a quantity of vehicles ready for the day, including some of our own favourites like the Lynx fire engine, the Popemobile, and the Green Goddess truck.

“There are also 12 USA trucks, as well as three buses, 12 cars, five vans, and the Harley-Davidson motorbikes, which will lead the parade this year.”

The USA theme for this year’s festival was initially thought up as the festivities coincide with the vehicle museum’s annual American Road Show.

Taking place on Sunday, the event will feature even more vehicles from across the pond, as well as American food, and live country and western music.

Keith said: “We will be open on the Saturday from 12 until 5pm, but the main event for us is the Sunday. It’s

always a very well attended event and is a very popular occasion.

“It’s great that the festival coincides with this event this year.”

The Leyland Festival will get under way from 11am on the Saturday with the traditional parade through the town featuring community groups and heritage vehicles.

After that, visitors can head over to the vehicle museum on King Street, and Worden Park for more family fun.

Entry to the park is £3 on the day, (under 16s free entry) and entertainment will include a dog show and live entertainment including dancing and cheerleading.