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This page features classic transport shows in the town.
The most recent event will appear at the top of the page.

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Warrington Market Classic Transport Show 2012

Warrington Market Classic Transport Show 2011

Warrington Market Classic Transport Show 2010

Emergency Services Day 2010

Warrington Market Classic Transport Show 2009

Fiddler's Ferry 4th Annual Classic Vehicle Show 2007

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Warrington Market

Classic Transport Show 2012

(Sat 7 July)

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We start this year's show with an old friend of the town - the Leyland Titan PD 1 Warrington Corporation Driver Training Bus EED 8. The bus was purchased new in February 1947, became the training vehicle in November 1961 and was finally withdrawn in October 1973. Its chassis number is 461572 on an Alexander body and it is a highbridge-double deck bus, i.e. one with centre gangways on each deck. It has 30 seats upstairs and 26 seats downstairs. The seats upstairs are not the originals. On the day of its visit, quite a few ex-drivers told me they had trained on this bus. One even remembered my dad from his time on the buses in the late 1950s and early 1960s. The bus is now held in a private museum in Kirby.

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Upstairs...

...Downstairs

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Advert for Bridge Street shops and traffic light instructions
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The photo, left, is from the L Potter collection and shows EED 8 as the Driving Tuition Bus
at the Warrington Corporation Transport depot in 1969. The two buses to the left of it as
we look are, far left, No.3 (FED 788) 1949 Leyland PD2/1 with Leyland body, withdrawn
in 1968 and next to it No.1 (FED 786) 1949 Leyland PD2/1 with Leyland body, withdrawn
in 1967. The vehicle on the right of the photo, GED 795, was a redundant Leyland Retriever
military vehicle acquired from the RAF in July 1950 and converted into a breakdown truck.
It received a body built by Warrington Corporation Transport department themselves and
had a petrol engine. It was withdrawn in 1970. Many thanks to L. Potter for the photo.

Here are two Austin cars. The fire engine, a Dennis S7 Pump Escape engine (LFM 200), is named after a Councillor Charles Cullimore.

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This is an Austin A70 Hereford. Many thanks to Dave Jackson for informing me which model. He says he
had one at the age of 18, his first car. I imagine the roads in those days must have been magical to drive on.
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Another unidentified Austin.   Dennis S7

Luxury in white.

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Marlin Sports Car Austin  Rolls Royce 
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1963 Ford Zodiac  1964 Ford Zodiac 1972 Triumph Stag  1972 Triumph Stag

Special vehicles were on display. The first two photos show a Lotus simulator with video screens linked to pedals for acceleration and braking).

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Lotus simulator  Ferrari  2002 Jaguar R3 Formula
One racing car, owned by
Jaguar Heritage
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A converted Mini, with photos of the conversion process  A Mini 

A Morris Cowley and a Honda motorbike next followed by a couple of Triumphs. The third photo shows a calormeter, which is the radiator thermometer fitted to Morris cars from the 1st September 1925. See this website for more detailed information, which includes the reason why the word is spelled as calormeter and not calometer. The calormeter is shown from the driver's viewpoint, but I took the photo from the front of the car so that I didn't cause any damage stretching over the bonnet. I then flipped the photo round so you can see it from the driver's point of view, hence the text in the background on the windscreen being reversed, as is the word 'calormeter' around the rim of the casing. So now you know!

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Morris Cowley  Morris Cowley badge Calormeter 1964 Honda CB77 305 cc
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1967 Triumph Herald 1000 1966 Triumph Vitesse 6

A Group of Ford cars follows next.

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The market's very own Ford 8, on permanent display inside the building. 1967 Ford Corsair 2000E
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Ford Escorts. The orange one was manufactured in 1973. The date of the white one cannot be determined because
the owner, quite rightly, has put a name plate over the vehicle licence plate to protect his identity.
That, by the way, is the reason why I also blank out the licence plate on the private vehicles on display.
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Ford Escort 1979 Ford Escort MK II. I was going to use the joke, "What's in you boot?" Reply "A sock
and five toes", but this picnic basket is on the back seat! The sign is on the back window.

Small cars now.

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The Tempest is a British-built sports car.
Link to their website for more details.
Two Del Boy Reliant Robins, one on Bridge Street and one
on Bank Street. I didn't photograph the owner of one of
them, but he has uncanny likeness to the 'real' Del Boy.
See the Warrington Market Facebook page for his photo.
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A couple of MG cars A couple of Morris Minors

More vehicles, large and small.

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1967Sunbeam Alpine
Series V
 
Spitfire 1500 Fiat 500  BMW 
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Humber  Cadillac Escalade 4x4 Chevrolet Chevy Van 20  Morris 1100. Fifty
years old in 2012 
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Back on the buses. One day I will actually get to visit the North West Museum of Road Transport in St Helens. Warrington's heritage bus is the Leyland 'Titan' PD2/40 special, specially built with a narrow width so that two could pass each other on the original road section of Sankey Street near Market Gate. Eventually the street was made one-way (west to east) and is now pedestrianised.

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Leyland Titan PD2, St Helens Corporation No 54 St Helens coat of arms,
motto and translation
Advert for North West
Museum of Road Transport
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Network Warrington's
heritage bus, the Leyland
 'Titan PD2/40 Special'
Stan and Ollie
with DJKenny
Market traders next
to the AA stand
A worm's-eye view
of our heritage bus

A bit of luxury. The owner of the limo, Mike Mason, also broadcasts on Radio Warrington, the town's online radio station, which for nine days (7-15 July 2012) presented its output on 87.8 FM on a temporary broadcasting licence. The rules allow for two 28-day licences each year, but due to the cost they opted for just nine days for their first FM broadcast. They hope to secure a five year FM licence next year. They are available online 24 hours a day all year round.

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Ford stretch limo Radio Warrington van 

The RNLI (Royal National Lifeboat Institution) display their D Class lifeboat.

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Community awareness is the name of the game today. First we have a display from the Town Centre Wardens. Information and practical advice is given in the form of leaflets and in person from the community police officers. Thanks for being there when we need you.

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At the same time in Golden Square, Disability Awareness Day 2012 was launched in the form of information and entertainment - I suppose they will put the two words together in the future and call it infotainment...oh they already have. And I thought I'd invented a new word. Anyway, here we see the audience being entertained with dancing. Warrington Disability Partnership's mascot Olly the Owl had a go too. See www.disabilityawarenessday.org.uk and Warrington Disability Partnership for information about this valuable community service. In the third and fourth photos we see Warrington-based professional singer Amy Rose. She is available for all occasions and has taken part in X-Factor in the past. Find out more about her at www.facebook.com/amyrosemusic and www.myspace.com/amyrose15.

Also entertaining us were members of the Pantonic All Stars Steel Orchestra. Link to their website.

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And finally...the one that nearly got away.

On the day of the show I was just about to take a photo of the Bond Bug three-wheeler on show, something distracted me, and when I turned back again the driver was driving away along Horsemarket Street. Oh well, I thought, that was that. But no, courtesy of Steve Pickering, the Manager at the market, I have a photo of it. And how much did it cost me to get his photo? Nothing. Well actually, a CD of all my photos of the day for the market's archive. See, we're like that - one good turn, and all that. Anyway, here's some information about the car.

The Bond Bug is a small British two-seat, three-wheel sports car from the 1970s.

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Bond Bug 

Following the purchase of Bond Cars Ltd, Reliant commissioned Tom Karen of Ogle Design to design a fun car. It was a wedge-shaped microcar, with a lift-up canopy and side screens instead of conventional doors. The Bond Bug was based on Chief Engineer John Crosthwaite's newly designed chassis and some Reliant Regal running gear. The original concept was explored by chopping down a production Regal vehicle.

There were 2,270 of them made in Tamworth between 1970 and 1974. It has a 700 cc Reliant engine (upgraded to 750 cc in later versions) with a 4-speed manual gear box. It's wheelbase is 77 in (1.956 m), it's length is 110 in (2.794 m) and its width is 55 in (1.397 m). It weighs 868 lb (394 kg).

Have you had enough stats yet? If not, link to the Wikipedia file where I got the notes from.

To see more of Steve's photos from the show, see the Warrington Market Facebook page.

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Warrington Market Classic Transport Show 2011 (Sat 9 July)

market_transport_event_110709_01.JPG (107023 bytes) This year's event took place in glorious sunshine and was enjoyed by thousands of visitors, many of whom had visited Warrington Market for the first time, which was the main purpose of the event. Warrington has had a market for over 750 years and you can read more about the history on the Warrington Market page. See also the official Warrington Market Facebook page. The vehicle, right, is a Chevrolet Chevy Van 20. market_transport_event_110709_02.JPG (84954 bytes)
market_transport_event_110709_16.JPG (83568 bytes) Warrington's online community radio station, Radio Warrington, broadcast live from the event.

One of my friends, DJKenny, presents his own show on Tuesdays nights (8-10 p.m.) and Saturday nights (6-10 p.m.). He also has his own website, www.djkennylive.me.uk.

If you have visited the transport show in recent years you will remember that a Formula 1 car should have visited in 2009, but due to unforeseen circumstances, it didn't show. Well, this year it did put in an appearance, to the delight of many. The one on display is a 2002 Jaguar R3 Formula One racing car and is owned by Jaguar Heritage, the trading name of Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust, a registered educational charity established in 1983, and based in Coventry. The car was gifted to them by Jaguar Racing Limited. It is not currently fitted with an engine, but the car is worth around £1 million.

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The town's council-owned bus company, Warrington Borough Transport, operates under the banner of Network Warrington and has over 100 vehicles in its fleet. Their heritage bus seen here is vehicle No 148 (BED 729 C), a Leyland 'Titan PD2/40 Special'. It was purchased in 1965, and built to a narrow width to cope with Sankey Street in the days before pedestrianization. Read more about the bus company's history in On The Buses.

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Another bus on display was this AEC Regent V, which was owned by St Helens Corporation and now belongs to North West Museum of Road Transport in St Helens town centre (close to the bus station). Also housed there is another of the Warrington Corporation Leyland 'Titan PD2/40 Specials (BED 731 C), a couple more Leylands (Titan PD1 and Atlantean), two Dennis Dominators and a Bristol RE.

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So here are the first ten photos of the cars on display.

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Ford 8 (1936) Austin Triumph Vitesse 6 (1966) Morris Minor Morris Minor
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Ford Zodiac Ford Zodiac Sunbeam Alpine Series V Mini Triumph Stag

Members of Warrington Scooter Club were also showing their bikes.

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Club Banner Piaggio Vespa Piaggio Vespa Sprint Piaggio Vespa Sprint
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Innocenti Lambretta Innocenti Lambretta L150 LML Star I'm Sorry I Haven't A Clue!

Also on display were a Triumph motorbike and a Harley Davidson trike, featuring motifs of Laurel and Hardy on the mudguards.

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The emergency services were represented by two fire engines, a Newfoundland rescue dog and a fire car (if that's how you describe it). The first engine below (photos 1-4 and in photo 5, right of scene) is a 1954 Dennis F2 appliance, once owned by Crosfields soap works at Bank Quay. It was retired from service in 1977 and given to Warrington Borough Council, who put it in storage, where it remained in an un-restored condition. It was then donated to Cheshire Fire Service in 1988 and an enthusiast from the Winsford headquarters spotted it and it was then moved out of Warrington. Restoration started in May 2003 and the original Dennis engine was scrapped and replaced with a Perkins diesel engine.

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The second appliance on show is a Dennis S7 Pump Escape engine (LFM 200) and named after a Councillor Charles Cullimore. I didn't ask the name of the Newfoundland rescue dog - he was busy thinking about rescuing a van full of Baker's Meaty Meals at the time. If you don't get that joke, click here to see the Meaty Meals Job TV advert.

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The self-titled "Fourth Emergency Service", the AA, were promoting their services, as were the RAC. The AA caused a lot of controversy some years ago when they used the advertising slogan "to our members, were are the fourth emergency service". Enraged members of the public complained that there were more deserving groups who should have the title "fourth emergency service", such as the Coastguard, RNLI and other rescue services. If I remember correctly, the argument put forward by the AA was that they had added "to our members" at the beginning of the slogan to emphasise the service they provided for their members, and it was not meant to discredit the police, fire, ambulance or other emergency services. I think the jury is still out on that one.

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Visiting the event this year were members of the St Helens Classic Car Association

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A Liege sports car. This car started out in 1985,
with initial plans being drawn up in the 1970s
Mazda MX5 Mark 1 Volkswagen GTI
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Ford Rover Rolls Royce BMW

The next selection of cars were all exhibited near the Ten Guardians and Well of Light (Skittles to locals) at Market Gate. I think I'll start a new trend and call them the ten green bottles, so that somebody, hopefully, will make them accidentally fall - just like the Bay Horse pub and the old grammar school... I know the owner of the first car below, left, but I 'm not telling.

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Bentley Mini Volkswagen Beetle
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Ford Corsair 2000E (1967) Ford Ford Escort Ford

The transport event is not just about classic vehicles, it is also about the community and having fun. Visitors had a chance to ride a small steam engine (first photo below). If you ever fancied driving a tank, you got the chance courtesy of www.tinytanks.co.uk. The tanks are two metres long by 1 metre wide with a Honda GX 390 petrol engine and electric start. Anybody aged eight upwards could have a go and there were trained instructors onsite to supervise the riders. The company is based at Ashton-in-Makerfield near Wigan.

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The RNLI lifeboat and motorbike and sidecar were on display. Did you know that Warrington has it's own RNLI group? You might wonder why an inland town would need the RNLI, but the smaller boat is used on rivers and canals when a full size version is unsuitable. Also appearing was a simulator ride (fourth photo, below, right).

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Thelwall Morris Men entertained the crowds. Morris dance is a form of English folk dance usually accompanied by music. It is based on rhythmic stepping and the execution of choreographed figures by a group of dancers. Implements such as sticks, swords, handkerchiefs and bells may also be wielded by the dancers. The term is derived from moorish dance, attested as Morisk and moreys daunce, morisse daunce in the mid-15th century. The spelling Morris-dance appears in the 17th century. Comparable terms in other languages are German Moriskentanz (also from the 15th century), French morisques, Croatian moreöka, and moresco, moresca or morisca in Italy and Spain. Read more in Wikipedia.

English "morris" dancing is the earliest known example of biological warfare. Mediaeval documents recently discovered by historians indicate that villagers who showed the early symptoms of bubonic plague were dressed in colourful outlandish costumes with bells tied to their legs and sent to neighbouring hamlets to perform their macabre ritual. Read more here.

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Thelwall Morris Men were formed in October 1973, the nucleus of the side being a group of regulars from the Thelwall Folk Club at the Pickering Arms, which was run by Maggie and Rod Goodall. The first public performance took place, without baldricks and badges, at the Pickering Arms in August 1974 before a sceptical audience of wives and girlfriends and members of the folk club.

By 1975 the side had acquired itís kit. Black breeches and shoes, white shirt and socks, with baldricks of pale blue and claret surmounted by a distinctive badge representing the wall of ďThellsĒ or stakes from which Thelwall, Englandís smallest city, derived its name in Anglo-Saxon times. In 1977, the side visited Ireland for the Cobh festival, quickly followed, in 1979, by an invitation to Mallow, Ireland.

Over the years the group has met at different bases. The first being the Pickering Arms, where they started, for just over three years before moving to the Bullís Head in Warrington, where they stayed for about 15 years, and later at the British Legion in Thelwall. They have also practised at Thelwall Parish Hall. At one time they held practiced sessions at Toucher's Bowling Club, Lovely Lane, Warrington. This has long gone and a housing development now stands on the site of the bowling club and Greenings wire factory, who originally owned the club.

Many thanks to the Thelwall Morris Men for permission to use extracts about their history here on mywarrington. Link to their website for the complete story.

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Stan and Ollie with Janet Janet's fork The crowds near the Market Floral decoration

And finally, time for a bit of fun in the presence of Laurel & Hardy. The duo performed a bit of close-up magic with what looked like a standard fork in front of Janet, who had signed her name on it prior to them performing the trick. They played around with the fork in a similar way to the famous Uri Geller, but they didn't just bend it, they made it twist out of shape too. I videoed the trick from beginning to end and still can't work out how they did it. After they finished they handed it to Janet and said she might as well keep it because it is no use to them anymore - it was...well, I won't tell you exactly what they said next, but it reminds me of the famous incident when Stan Boardman turned the air blue on a live edition of the Des O' Connor Show as he was discussing a certain make of aeroplane from the war...

For photos of the recent National Play Day event featuring a replica Spitfire plane outside Warrington Market, see the Events page.

Emergency Services Day (Sat 31 July 2010)

On 31 July 2010 the town centre hosted Emergency Services Day. The purpose of the event was to inform the public about the vital services provided by our emergency services.

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We'll start with the police. The first vehicle, made by Iveco, is a mobile police station - inside there are individual cubicles for offenders, and I'm glad I haven't been convicted of any crime as it is quite intimidating to be shut inside one, even for a few seconds. The police car in the third image is a Vauxhall, and it looks like the little boy can't wait to get into the driving seat. Just think, in years to come it might be him coming to your rescue. The fourth photo shows one of the police vans, with seating for a few officers.

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The first image, above, left, is the type of van used by a dog-handling team. The next three photos show two of the publicity vehicles. In the large grey truck the police were offering free ultraviolet marking of mobile phones, amongst other services. The yellow car was parked next to a tent where police were offering advice on personal safety, anti-theft and general information.

A range of fire engines and support vehicles graced Bridge Street. It feels quite appropriate for them to parked along here as they were called out for real in 1993 after the IRA bombing of the town in which Tim Parry and Johnathan Ball lost their lives.

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The next six photos show a Dennis F8 fire engine from 1953. It was purchased by Cheshire County Fire Brigade and served at Nantwich and Audlem fire stations. The appliance is powered by a Rolls-Royce B60 6-cylinder petrol engine and the water tank holds 400 gallons (1,818 litres), which is pumped via a 500gpm pump. The tender carries a 35ft (10.67 metre) Ajax ladder plus a two-section extension ladder. It was handed over for preservation in the mid-1970s.

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The next seven photos show a Shand Mason C single cylinder steam fire appliance from 1876. Shand Mason and Company were based in Blackfriars. London. The beautiful engine on display was originally used by London Fire Brigade until 1915 when, after refurbishment back at Shand Mason, was purchased by Highfield Tannery in Runcorn in 1916. It was donated to Runcorn Urban District Council and was used at Runcorn fire station until 1939. The engine was restored by Mr Bill Davies of Wrexham at Chester fire station in 1955/6. It is believed to be the oldest original Shand Mason in the world to be in full working order. The twin cylinder version was more common in the UK.

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The Shand Mason here was easy to pull by horse (I'm sure you know that the phrase 'horsepower' was originally defined to compare the output of steam engines with the power of draft horses - one horsepower is how much one horse could pull). Any fire was costly to fight whilst men had to be paid to ply the pump handles, and as the steam engine was easy to maintain and very powerful in operation, it became very popular with small 'volunteer' brigades, proving itself to be far superior and more economical to run than the old hand-operated 'manuals'. 50kg (110lb) of coal, found on almost any premises at the time, could keep a steamer running for an hour or more, and the cost incurred in firefighting went down dramatically. Remember, there was no local authority funding in the early days of firefighting and it was common for residents to be turned down if they didn't have adequate insurance cover to put the fire out. Thankfully, that is a thing of the past in this country.

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The first three photos below show NED 146, a 1954/5 Dennis F2 appliance, originally owned by Joseph Crosfield & Sons Limited at Bank Quay. It was retired in 1977, restored in 2003, and is now stored at Cheshire Fire and Rescue Headquarters in Winsford. It is always popular at Warrington shows, especially as it's 'one of our own'. The fourth photo shows a Newfoundland rescue dog - a favourite with the children. For whatever reason, there were no ambulances or other medical vehicles on show today, but I have included a photo of one entering Warrington hospital on Lovely Lane, Whitecross, to remind us all of their important work.

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My thanks go to the emergency services for assistance with the historical and technical information used in these notes.

I'll finish with these two stories of events involving the fire and rescue service. The first involved a lady who accidentally fell back onto a glass coffee table, broke the glass and got wedged inside the metal frame. We couldn't get her out and decided the only thing to do was to call the fire brigade. Imagine the banter back at the station when they got the message, which simply said "lady stuck in a coffee table". My second story is about the time when I was cleaning a bedroom in a retirement home and sprayed air freshener into the room. Next thing, all the fire alarms went off, and when that room number came up on the fire alarm panel, I knew it must be a false alarm. But the fire brigade had to attend because the system was linked directly to the fire station. They were quite disappointed to have been called out for an incident which, to be honest, nobody had experienced before. So the lesson is, don't spray air freshener near a smoke alarm. Well, it makes a change from the cat stuck up a tree incident...

Warrington Market Classic Transport Show 2010 (Sat 19 June)

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Warrington's online radio station, Radio Warrington (www.radiowarrington.co.uk) broadcast live from the event. This is DJKenny in the radio van, who is a great friend of mine and presents his own show on a Tuesday and Saturday. He also has his own website www.djkennylive.me.uk and a presence on myspace, You Tube and Face Book - in fact, just type DJKenny Warrington into your browser and he will probably come up a million times. He gets everywhere! Anyway, on the day his colleague interviewed me live on air about the mywarrington website. The transport show was well attended and supported various community groups and good causes, which is what it is all about. Enjoy the photos. If you can add any stories about the vehicles, email me.

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The town's heritage bus, a Leyland Titan PD2/40 Special, one of 12 delivered new in April 1965. It is 7' 6" wide to cope with the narrow section of Sankey Street at the time (now pedestrianized). The observant ones among you will notice it features in the On The Buses section - but if you look carefully it has Warrington Borough Transport emblazoned on the side. Here in 2010 they company have reverted back to the Warrington Corporation lettering. This is a former London Routemaster bus RML2863, which is now owned by the Bensons for Beds company. It was new in August 1967 and the present owners have removed all the seating from upstairs to reduce weight. This link gives some of its previous owners.
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AEC Matador 0853 recovery vehicle, used by Crosville buses, who eventually became the Arriva company of today. On the left a Foden truck, originally belonging to Warrington Market wholesale fruit and veg supplier James Bate & Sons. The Foden name goes back to 1856. Click here for more on The Foden Society. The second photo shows the storage boxes used by Bate in the old days. The third view show a Scammell truck, also used by the Bate fruit and veg company.
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A trio of Minis. I wonder why the pink one attracted all the girls on the day... This is a Rover 12 from 1936.
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A Morris van. And a threesome of Morris Minors.
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A Ford Zodiac from 1965. Ford Corsair, new in 1967.
The owner tells me it has covered less than 2000 miles since new (to Sep 2010). 
A 1967 Lotus Elan S3 Coupe. Rolls Royce.
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Sunbeam Talbot 90 MkIII Supreme, first registered in April 1956. A Sunbeam Alpine Series V. A Sunbeam Alpine, one of three vehicles on permanent display in Warrington Market. The second vehicle on permanent display in the Market, a 1936 Ford 8. The scooter is featured further down the page.
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A couple of Triumph Stags. The first from 1972-3, the second from 1973-4. In those days, the registration year began on 1 August.  A Triumph Vitesse 6, new in 1966. They were built between 1962 and 1971. A Mercedes AMG, new in 1984-5.
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A Couple of MG's. The Morris Garages company was founded in the 1920s in Oxford. The exact date is disputed. A BMW from 1991-2. Its name translates as Bavarian Motor Works. A Volvo, new in 1987-8.
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Chevrolet Chevy Van 20. It was manufactured by General Motors in the United States. A replica of Vietnam gun truck Highland Raiders, which served between 1968 and 1971.  Harley Davidson trike. The owner is a fan of Laurel & Hardy as there are emblems of the comics on the rear mud guards. A Triumph motorbike. A Vespa PX1255 scooter.
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This stall was run by www.warringtonchallenge.org.uk who hope to raise £1 million for British service charities. An Olympic games canoe on display beside the Sea Cadets stand at Market Gate. One of the regular market stallholders sold their wares from this outdoor stand. The third item on permanent display in the market - a Puch 'Cheetah' scooter, made in 1961 in Austria. 
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Well I'm a one man band. Nobody knows nor understands... 
And I forgot to ask his name!
Nearly time to go. This clock is on display inside the Market and was made in France. We fly the flag for Warrington Market's
Classic Transport Show...
...which is more than can be said for the England football team after their World Cup performance. This seat reserved for their next match - any offers?

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Warrington Market Classic Transport Show 2009 (Sat 27 June)

market_cars_090627_vauxhall_velox-1.JPG (95275 bytes) Warrington Market's Classic Transport Show 2009 takes place in the year that the market was awarded with the title Best Indoor Market in the UK. The market has existed for over 750 years. You can read more about it on the Warrington Market page. The vehicle featured here is a Vauxhall Velox.

We'll start with a series of Ford vehicles.

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Ford Prefect models. The Prefect was introduced in 1938 and was manufactured at the Dagenham plant in Essex. Here we see three of the 100E models, of which around 100,000 were manufactured between 1953 and 1959. The four door models had a three-speed manual gearbox and could do 0-60 mph in 32.2 seconds, with a top speed of 71 mph. Ford Prefect models E93A (left) and E493A (right). The E93A was manufactured between 1938 and 1949, and the E493A between 1949 and 1953. Around 200,000 of each model were produced, and both models had a three-speed manual gearbox.

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The Ford E83W commercial vehicle was built between 1938 and 1957 with a three-speed manual gearbox. Ford Popular 103E was manufactured between 1953 and 1959, with a three-speed manual gearbox. Two examples of the Ford Popular 100E. Around 126,000 of these were built between 1959 and 1962, with a three-speed manual gearbox. In 1960 it would cost £494 - that's 6 months wages. A Ford Anglia 105E. This model was registered in 1964. Over 1 million were manufactured between 1959 and 1967.
market_cars_090627_ford_consul.JPG (130715 bytes) The final two Ford cars are a Ford Consul (left) and a Ford Zodiac (right). The Consul MK1 was manufactured between 1951 and 1956 and the MK2 version from 1956 to 1962. It was first shown at the 1950 London Motor Show.

 The Ford Zodiac was launched in 1953 as an upmarket version of the Ford Zephyr. The MK2 version was manufactured between 1956 and 1962. Two examples were on display at the transport show.

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More vehicles.

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Austin 7. Morris Vans. MG. Hillman.
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Daimler. Jaguar. Leyland PD2/40 Special, housed at the Northwest Museum of Transport in St Helens. Warrington Borough Transport's heritage vehicle, another Leyland PD2/40 Special. I have travelled on this bus many times as a child, when the fare from home to town centre was just tuppence!
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Triumph TR3. Triumph GT6 MK3. Vauxhall Velox. Commer Van. Dennis Fire Engine.
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Rolls Royce. Scimitar. Cadillac. Plymouth.

Motorbikes and bicycles were on display inside the market.

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Harley Davidson. BSA. A couple of Triumphs. Scooters. From the Cycle Museum 
at Walton Gardens.

Community events wouldn't be complete without stalls or other forms of entertainment.

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Army promotion stand. A simulator ride.
I didn't go in it.
Kiddies fairground ride. Donkey rides
without the sand.
£1 a ticket to win 
this Skoda Fabia.

Here are four cars you might have seen before on your TV screens.

market_cars_090627_vw_beetle_herbie.JPG (91761 bytes) A Volkswagen Beetle. The German-made car's name means The People's Car and the original version was manufactured between 1938 and 2003, after which a new Beetle was launched. The original was made famous in the Walt Disney films The Love Bug, Herbie Rides Again, Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo and Herbie Goes Bananas.
market_cars_090627_batman.JPG (106114 bytes) This is Batman's car, the Batmobile, from the 1960s TV series Batman. The Batman character was created by DC Comics, founded in 1934 as National Allied Publications, and is the publishing division of DC Entertainment Inc, a subsidiary company of Warner Bros Entertainment, itself owned by Time Warner. The Batman character was created in 1939 and along with his sidekick, Robin, has been fighting crime ever since. The car used in the TV series was based on the Lincoln Futura Show Car originally created by William M. Schmidt.
market_cars_090627_noddy.JPG (102217 bytes) Noddy is the creation of children's author, Enid Blyton. Noddy lives in his own little House-for-One in Toyland and the books were originally published between 1949 and 1963. Television shows about the character first appeared on British TV from 1955 and have remained ever since. The first book explains Noddy's origins. He was carved by a woodsman but ran away after the man began to make a wooden lion, which Noddy was scared of. As he wanders through the woods, with no clothes, money or home, he meets Big Ears, a friendly brownie. Big Ears decides that Noddy is a toy and takes him to live in Toyland.
market_cars_090627_reliant_robin.JPG (176087 bytes) Only Fools and Horses is a BBC sitcom created by John Sullivan in 1981. It stars David Jason as ambitious Cockney market trader Derek 'Del Boy' Trotter and was set in Peckham, south London. The show also starred Nicholas Lyndhurst as his younger brother Rodney ('you plonker') and Leonard Pearce as their grandad, later replaced by Buster Merryfield as Uncle Albert. My particular favourite episode was A Touch of Glass from Series 2 where they visit a stately home to clean the chandeliers. The car is a Reliant Robin, and the model was made between 1973 and 1981 in the UK, and again between 1989 and 2001.

If you would like to see more TV and film vehicles, take the kids on a day out to the Cars of the Stars museum in Keswick, Cumbria.

And finally...

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This was a strange-looking vehicle. It looks like it is meant to be from The Flintstones TV show, but the real version is nothing like it. Maybe it's a new version I haven't seen. This is a Ford Falcon Caribbean, a very early kit car made of fibre glass (GRP) and was usually based on the running gear of an old Ford Popular (hence why they were classed as Ford Specials!) The car was built by the original owner back in 1963!
Thanks to Barry for filling me in on this description - I forgot to make a note of it originally!
This is the invisible car - well actually it was meant to be a Formula 1 racing car, but it didn't show up, due to a technical malfunction - and that's all I'll say about it (I do know the real reason, but I'm not telling!). And finally, the 15 vehicles shown here all appeared at the 2010 show too, which
are featured in greater detail further up the page.

4th Annual Fiddler's Ferry Classic Vehicle Show (Sun 15 July, 2007)

The 4th Annual Fiddler's Ferry Classic Vehicle Show took place on Sunday 15 July 2007. Over 40 vehicles graced Fiddler's Ferry Yacht Haven to bring back the nostalgia of the open road. The heavy rain didn't dampen anybody's sprits and a good time was had by all. The event was run by North West Casual Classics (see their website at www.northwestcasualclassics.com). The club was formed in 1995 and meets at the Penketh and Sankey Sports and Social Club on Warrington Road in Penketh at 8.00 pm on the second Tuesday of each month. New members are always welcome to join. I am grateful to the various owners for allowing me to feature their vehicles on this page. Long may your cars and enthusiasm remain on the road.

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Fiddler's Ferry Yacht Haven. 1965 Ford Zodiac. 1973 Triumph Stag. Triumph TR3, voted the
favourite vehicle on the
day by the landlady of
The Ferry Tavern.
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1964 Ford Anglia. 1966 Ford Anglia Super. 1965 Ford Cortina. 1964 Ford Consul.
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A wonderful collection of Morris Minors.
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Mg (Morris Garages) made some classic cars. Here is small selection.
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A classic Austin. A 1960 Beardmore. A Morris 8,
from around 1935.
An Austin Healey
Sprite "Frogeye".
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1967 Sunbeam Alpine. Mercedes AMG. MG ZT. 1971 Mini GT.
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Cadillac. Mini. 1986 Ford Capri. Ford Zodiac.
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Triumph Stag. Fiat. Sunbeam Alpine. 1977 Mercedes.
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1997 Nissan. Rover. 1975 Rover 2000. A Rover and a 1975 Vauxhall.
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Ford Zodiac. Ford Zodiac and a
Vauxhall Velox.
Rover 2000 SC. 1968 Rover.
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Bentley. A couple of Datsun 240Z's. A Ford Consul Classic.
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A small selection of motorcycles were represented at the show.

My thanks to Steve for filling me in some vehicle names. Much appreciated.

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