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Sandbach Transport Festival 2019


Article and images credit: IMS Freelance Photography


The annual transport festival took place in Sandbach this year on Saturday 13th and Sunday 14th April 2019.

There was a wide variety of exhibitor vehicles on display from vintage to modern day.

Local hauliers who attended included: Arclid Transport, Lynch Transport and Enviro Skip Hire.





Performing arts group SpareParts performed on the Sunday for the TruckTown Arts Festival which is funded by Arts Council England.

Unfortunately, due to other commitments, this year there was no arts parade or performance by Foden’s Band.

However, there was a music festival on The Commons which showcased performances from a selection of local bands over the weekend.



Due to safety concerns from the 2018 show, the St Luke’s charity motorcycle ride was not present this year either, but instead visitors were treated to a small parade by Stoke Chapter who entered the town on their Harley Davidson motorcycles.



Another eye-catching moment at this year’s show was the arrival of a replica ‘Herbie’ Volkswagen Beetle alongside other classic VW Beetles.

Owner of ‘Herbie’ Robert Fenner said: “Sandbach Transport Festival is always an amazing event, and I feel it is always important to support local events in any way we can.

“It was the first time my 1972 Volkswagen Beetle had made an appearance as ‘Herbie the Love Bug’ at any event after finishing it over winter and it was incredible to see the way people reacted when they saw him.

“The event was very busy over the weekend with a great variety of displays from cars to steam engines.

“To top the weekend off I was asked to lead the exit parade for all the vehicles leaving the show, this gives everyone a great chance to see all the amazing vehicles in motion and I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of the event.

“I’m already looking forward to the 30th anniversary of the Sandbach Transport Festival in 2020!”



Another favourite exhibit with visitors was the replica of the World War 2 RAF Canadian Unit Spitfire.

This year celebrated 75 years of D-Day and visitors were given the opportunity to dress up in clothing from the period and have their photograph taken at the side of the iconic plane. 

Cheshire Fire and Rescue also provided an open day over the two days at the fire station, whilst parents and children could enjoy a train ride in the park courtesy of Ian Whitfield and his light railway.


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