Vintage vehicle enthusiasts are combining work with pleasure as they lend a helping hand at Leyland’s British Commercial Vehicle Museum.
Staff at Leyland Valeting Centre, in the Centurion Industrial Estate in Centurion Way, visit the King Street museum twice a month to clean and care for the trucks and cars on display.
The partnership was set up earlier this year after a museum volunteer got his own car washed at the valeting centre, and told the lads about the work trustees do.
Carl Stanley, manager at the Leyland Valeting Centre, said: “It’s just good to help the charity, as they don’t get any government funding to pay for cleaners or anything like that, which is a shame.
“The heart of Leyland is in trucks, and the museum puts the town on the map.
“We take it in turns to go down there because we all enjoy it, and it gives the lads a chance to get out of the normal working environment.
“People don’t often get the chance to work on vehicles of that age, and I’m really keen on vehicles myself so it’s great for me to get involved.”
They also go along to clean the Leyland TL fire engine on display outside the Leyland Hotel on Leyland Way.
And next year, staff at the valeting centre plan to take their support for the museum even further, by introducing car care products with a vintage vehicle theme.
“We’ve come up with different names based on the famous buses and trucks built in Leyland,” Carl explained.
“All the proceeds will go to the museum, so that’s something we’re looking in to.”
Museum manager Keith Moyes said: “The staff at Leyland Valeting Centre have kindly agreed to help maintain the high standard finishes of our vehicles.
“Quite a few volunteers also clean and polish the vehicles, but we’re always looking for more, so it’s nice that two Leyland organisations have come together like this.”
The museum is closed to the public during the winter months, but trustees and volunteers continue to look after the building and the vehicles.
In the New Year, they aim to re-paint the floor in time for April, when they’ll open the doors to the public again.
If any firms would like to donate some red paint, call the museum on 01772 451011.