To celebrate the history of the removal industry, a large fleet of vintage removal vehicles will be parading through the centre of Stratford-upon-Avon this weekend.
Organised by the British Association of Removers (BAR), the parade forms a significant part of the BAR’s annual three day conference, held at Stratford’s Crowne Plaza hotel. Twenty four distinctive vehicles spanning the course of the 20th century, will arrive in Stratford on Saturday 25th May and will begin their route from Stratford Leisure Centre at 3pm.
Leaving from the town’s leisure centre, the vehicles will travel around Stratford’s gyratory system, before moving along Waterside, passing the iconic Royal Shakespeare Theatre. The parade will drive past Hall’s Croft, the home of Shakespeare’s daughter, Susanna, before travelling along Church Street and passing Shakespeare’s Schoolroom and Guildhall. The final stretch sees the parade navigate Bridge Street before arriving back at the leisure centre at around 4.15pm.
An array of removals vehicles will participate, including Victorian horse drawn pantechnicons from the 1890s. These carriages were originally designed to be drawn by four horses for home removals.
Others on show include the only pre-war Guy Vixen van still in use, having been built 81 years ago! Made in 1957, a Ford Thames Fordson will also feature. Having been rescued from rubble after not seeing daylight for ten years, the Fordson now makes regular deliveries around Sheffield.
Also parading is the post-war 1946 Albion lorry, which includes a portable container built for the Army and Navy stores removal department. Still in use in the 1960s, this enabled goods to be transported by rail.
Last but by no means least, it will be extremely difficult for visitors to miss Squab’s vibrant orange DAF 7.5 tonne truck! Our Operations Manager, Johnny, will be joining the parade and flying the orange flag for Squab Removals. We can’t wait!
N.B. All of the vehicles will be parked at the rear of Stratford Leisure Centre on Friday 24th May (afternoon) and Saturday 25th May (morning). Please come along and take a look!