Plans announced for major transport heritage event

Plans announced for major transport heritage event

Plans have been unveiled for a major new regional event focussing on transport heritage hosted in Sunderland.

The North East Festival of Transport is being planned to bring the region's transport heritage to life at a prime location on Sunderland's award winning sea front.

Vintage buses, traction engines, commercial vehicles and cars are expected to be brought together in Seaburn during July 2017 for the inaugural event.

Sunderland City Council Portfolio Holder for Public Health, Wellness and Culture, Councillor John Kelly, said: "Our region has a phenomenal transport heritage and a huge number of individuals and groups preserving that heritage for future generations. But for many years we have lacked the opportunity to bring those elements together to really showcase our transport heritage and provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about it.

" The North East Festival of Transport aims to right that wrong. By bringing together vintage buses from yesteryear with the vehicles that kept our heavy industries working and the cars that our parents or grandparents went on holiday in, we intend to create a spectacle that everyone will be able to relate to and enjoy at our wonderful seaside."

The event is also aiming to fulfil a long held wish of transport enthusiasts in the event to create a major showcase event, similar to those held in some other part of the country.

A consortium of preservation groups including the North East Bus Preservation Trust, North East Land Sea and Air Museum and Sunderland and District Classic Vehicle Society are leading the organisation with support from Sunderland City Council.

Peter Elliott, chairman of the North East Bus Preservation Trust said: "We, like many other groups, spend a huge amount of time restoring vintage vehicles from the North East and hold our own events for the public. The aim of this event is to create a critical mass of interest in all forms of transport heritage to allow us to really tell the story of North East transport."

A spokesperson for Sunderland & District Classic Vehicle Society added: "We are very proud and excited to be involved in this new Transport Festival for the North-East.

"Established in 1996, we have developed into a well-respected club who organise our own classic events, which include our annual shows at Seaburn and twice yearly Ryhope Engines Museum. We are looking to make this North East Transport Festival, the biggest classic transport event in the Northeast."

The plans were launched today (4 August) in Seaburn with a line-up of vintage vehicles including a former Economic bus that would have been a regular sight in Seaburn over four decades ago.

The weekend of 29-30 July 2017 has been pencilled into the diary for the first North East Festival of Transport.

Organisers are opening entry to the event up for classic vehicle owners and clubs from Yorkshire to the Scottish Borders. An invitation has also been extended to any transport heritage groups who would like to become involved in the organisation of the event.
 

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L.S. Lowry spent his holidays in Sunderland at Seaburn, painting scenes of the coast, port and coal mines. The city is the home to one of the best collections of L.S. Lowry paintings in England.

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