Leyland Society Gathering -
This years event, like many other
outdoor events, was adversely affected by bad
weather, and during the late morning of July 8th,
the heavens opened and we had more than an hour of
torrential rain. Fortunately the car park behind
Lancaster House, which was where this years event
was held, is on a very slight slope which enabled
the water to drain away fairly quickly. However,
despite the weather, this years event was a success
although there were slightly fewer lorries than the
previous year. Once again the Pyatt Brothers entries
were much admired, particularly their latest
restoration of a 1962 Octopus Esso Tanker. Another
very neat vehicle, an Octopus that started life as
an Esso Tanker, was Mr. T. Wilson's lorry, which has
been restored to represent a Reader Bros of Hull
wagon. Opposite the lorries were the buses, which
once again were a good turnout. Amongst these
vehicles were the Wallasey bus which bought its own
stall and provided much appreciated shelter, and Ray
Steeles ex-Stockport PD2 whose engine ticked over
for most of the show, delighting those who
appreciated the sound of a 600 engine.
As well as our own event there were two others
taking place at the same time. Fishwicks were
celebrating their Centenary and there was another
Gathering at the town's BCVM. A shuttle bus service
between these events and our own was provided, which
enabled the many visitors to enjoy all three events.
Mike Sutcliffe's 1913 Barnsley Bus was also very
much in evidence both at our own event, and running
to and fro to the Museum.
The Leyland Society is very grateful to all the
people who helped and supported this years event,
which in spite of the vast amounts of rain that
descended on us, was a success. Particular thanks go
to Enterprise PLC and Elaine Markland who allowed us
to use the car park behind Lancaster House. Also to
Messrs Fishwicks who provided a Bus for our
"Office". The Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust who
provided a service to and from the Museum. Alan
Pritchard and others who helped with marshalling.
Paul Sennant who once again helped with various
tasks and bought 4 trucks from the factory. Finally
Leyland Trucks, whose generous sponsorship provided
the funds for the event to take place. To you all,
very many thanks.
Some photos of the event.