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A Royal welcome at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum

18 June 2019

HRH The Duke of Kent made a visit to Leyland last week, to congratulate the team at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum (BCVM) on a recent £2.4 million transformation. 

The museum, which receives financial advice from Haleys BA Managing Director, Tim Haley, a trustee of BCVM, reopened its doors in 2019 following the refurbishment. 

Greeted by trustees, including Tim Haley, and staff from the museum, His Royal Highness toured the impressive collection, inspecting some of the heritage vehicles on display including two vehicles from a pivotal point in commercial vehicle heritage –  a 1922 Foden Steam Lorry and the first ever diesel wagon built by ERF Ltd in 1933 – which represent the move from steam to diesel engines.  

The Duke heard about the advanced engineering involved in the very latest hybrid and electric vehicles.  

The refurbishment, which was made possible by a £1.8 million grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, has helped to secure the future of the BCVM, allowing the next generation to appreciate the true history of British commercial vehicles. 

Commenting after the visit, Mayor of South RibbleCouncillor Harry Hancock said, “It was a tremendous honour to welcome His Royal Highness The Duke of Kent to South Ribble today at the British Commercial Vehicle Museum and the Veteran’s Café. 

“We have such a rich cultural offer here in South Ribble and I am delighted that His Royal Highness was able to visit the Museum which holds such treasured elements of the country’s transport history."

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Images courtesy of The British Commercial Vehicle Museum

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