A vintage fleet of removal vehicles spanning the course of the twentieth century will be parading through Stratford-upon-Avon this spring.
Around 25 distinct vehicles from various decades will be driven through Shakespeare’s birthplace on the afternoon of Saturday, May 25 at around 3pm which will start and end at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, Bridgefoot.
The parade will start at the Crowne Plaza and make its way alongside the River Avon before turning past Hall’s Croft – the home of Shakespeare’s daughter. The parade will then make its way back towards the Crowne Plaza Hotel by passing Shakespeare’s Schoolroom & Guildhall and turning back on to Bridge Street.
Vehicles set to attend include Victorian Horse Drawn Pantechnicons from the 1890s – carriages originally designed to be drawn by four horses for home removals.
Others on show include the only pre-war Guy Vixen van that is still running after it was originally made in 1938. It will be joined by the Ford Thames Fordson which was made in 1957, and after being rescued from rubble after not seeing daylight for ten years, now makes regular delivery trips around Sheffield.
The post-war 1946 Albion Lorry will also be on display after carrying out removals for 38 consecutive years. The lorry includes a portable container that was built for the Army and Navy Stores removal department which enabled items to be transported by rail, and was in use until 1960s.
One of the more modern removal vehicles on show is the now-retired 1971 Leyland 550 FG – a four litre engine removal van that has been a star of the small screen, having featured in shows including hit TV series White Gold and Outlander.
All of the vehicles will also be parked up at the rear of Stratford Leisure Centre on the afternoon of Friday, May 24 and the morning of Saturday, 25 May for the general public to view.
The parade is being arranged by the British Association of Removers (BAR) as part of their annual three-day conference which is in Stratford-upon-Avon this year, and is expected to attract more than 250 delegates from the global removals industry between Thursday, May 23 and Saturday, May 25.
Ian Studd, Director General at the British Association of Removers, said: “This vehicle parade presents a once-in-a-lifetime chance for people to see 120 years of British removal history in action.
“The British Association of Removers has been around since the early 1900s, and the vehicle parade will offer an interesting insight into how the industry has stood the test of time by adapting to innovation and to customers’ needs.
“The industry deserves to be celebrated by the general public, and it is events such as this one that has the power to inspire the next generation of removal professionals.
“Stratford-upon-Avon is one of the Midlands’ top tourist destinations and is in a region with rich automotive heritage, so the town is ideally placed to help us celebrate the removal industry’s history.”