A VINTAGE fleet of removal vehicles will be moving into Stratford for three days.
The convoy of 25 vehicles, including a Victorian horse drawn carriage designed for removals and the only pre-war Guy ‘Vixen’ furniture van still running, will be driven around the town on Saturday May 25.
They will be joined by a Ford Thames Fordson rescued from the rubble after not seeing daylight for ten years.
One of the more modern vehicles on show will be a retired 1971 Leyland 550 FG – a star of the small screen having featured in hit TV series White Gold and Outlander.
The parade, starting at 3pm, forms part of a three-day conference organised by the British Association of Removers (BAR) being held in the town.
The vehicles will take a circular route from the Crowne Plaza, and will also be parked behind Stratford Leisure Centre beforehand and on the afternoon of Friday May 24.
BAR spokesman Ian Studd 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.”
Visit www.bar.co.uk for more information.