To celebrate the joint fiftieth anniversaries of the Leyland National and the Lillyhall factory, the Workington Transport Heritage Trust are organising a unique free event, LN50, to take place in Whitehaven on the Bank Holiday weekend of 30 April to 1 May 2022.
- A free event for all ages this coming weekend
- Lakes College to Whitehaven Harbour Park and Ride service
- Most types of Leyland vehicles taking place
- Free bus tours
- Trade stalls
- A once-in-a-lifetime event commemorating 50 years of Leyland Bus in Cumbria
A large selection of vehicles will be on display along the historic harbour-side and adjacent areas. Others will be busy running frequent free tours based around the former CMS Whitehaven town services, to and round the former Leyland National factory at Lillyhall, and a park and ride between Lakes College and Whitehaven harbour.
There will also be a Leyland National 50 exhibition in the Beacon Museum Portal, many opportunities for photographs, trade stands and a continental market on the historic Sugar Tongue Quay.
At the heart of LN50 will be one of the largest gatherings of Leyland Nationals since the factory closed in 1993, comprising vehicles from the earliest to the latest, with a few one-off surprises as well as the Trust’s own vehicle collection.
There will be other Leyland types too, from Atlanteans to Olympians, plus an emphasis on other buses from the major groupings at the time of the Leyland National’s heyday – in particular from the National Bus Company and the PTEs which ran services up and down the country.
John Clancy, Mike Humble and Keith Adams will be there too, armed with filming equipment for an upcoming DVD project. As a bonus, you might even catch a vehicle being driven on one of the tours by Mike himself (Barrow Corporation No:20 – a National 2), so you have been warned.
These sort of events are pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime affair so, if you are passionate about the dear old Leyland National or British buses in general, get yourself to Whitehaven.
We might just see you there…
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