West Lancs Military Vehicle Trust

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On Sunday 6th October a few of our club members went along for the day to a lovely little show at Woodside ferry terminal in Birkenhead. This was the first time that James, Mel, Natasha, Maria, Bob and Ben had attended and we were not disappointed. The weather was lovely (no rain for a change) and we were parked in front of the tram line with various trams passing behind us during the day, including one which had a brass band on the top deck.

 
We also had a great view of the liverpool shoreline and on either side of us was the german U boat and also a life size model of one of the first submarines dating back to the 1880's. There was also a good selection of classic cars on show plus a large display of vintage buses and the public attended in large numbers. (see photo gallery)  

  

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On Saturday the 21st September our club secretary Jimmy Vasco and Alan Bates arranged a 'Spirit of the 1940's' dance at Ince Blundell Village Hall. This was the first time West Lancs had been involved in such an event and it was a great success. Overnight camping was also provided for those who wanted to stay over for the weekend and many took up this offer as some had travelled quite a distance to take part in the dance.

 
The dance was well attended and included a lot of guests not associated with the MVT who had seen the posters advertising the event and had wanted to come along and experience the atmosphere. They were not disappointed as we delivered exactly what was advertised in the posters. There was plenty of entertainment provided which included a singer, a 1940's DJ, the Andrews sisters tribute act, a WW2 blitz display and also a uniform / fashion display, plus a hotpot supper, all for £8.
 
The room was full and many guests had dressed up for the occasion which all added to the atmosphere to make a great night with lots of dancing taking place which was lovely to see. The hall was decked out with a parachute above the dance floor with plenty of flags, bunting and posters on the walls, plus sandbags in front of the stage, which all added to the overall wartime effect. A hotpot supper followed by apple pie and ice cream was provided and a raffle and auction also took place later in the evening.
 
Thanks go to all who helped to make this a successful event (see photo gallery and video gallery)

  

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On Sunday 15th September we went along to support the Birkenhead Festival of Transport event, held in Birkenhead Park. There was a good mixture of vehicles and we meet up with friends from Cheshire and Merseyside MVT. We have supported this event for a number of years and unfortunately due to the weather not being great there didn't seem to be as many public attending the event.

 
Even though the weather wasn't great it didn't dampen our sprits and a shelter was quickly set up so the brews could be made without getting too wet. Unfortunately, due to other commitments Dave DeRoos couldn't attend the event (as he would normally bring his large weapons display), so we managed between us to put on a smaller table display of our weapons. It was quite amusing when we saw the Army display of four smaller rifles set up on a table in front of their trailer and suggested that they might want to come and see ours, which they did and they seemed quite impressed! (see photo gallery)

  

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Over the weekend of the 31st August and 1st September members of the West Lancs MVT and  friends from other groups supported the annual 'Toys for Boys' show held at Christchurch, Waterloo. We have supported this show for many years  and the money they raised goes towards the upkeep of their historic church.

There was a steady flow of visitors over the weekend and the organisers looked after us really well, as always. (see photo gallery)

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Well done to all cadets, staff and Committee as well as the West Lancs MVT that attended the RBL Poppy appeal last November, we raised £2547.53 ,well done to you all.

 

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On the 29th June a few of our members attended the Southport Armed forces day at Princes Park, Southport. For once the weather was great and there was a bigger turnout of vehicles this year. We met up with friends from other MVT groups with lots of coffee being drunk and good conversations taking place. The day went over really quickly which is always a sign of a good day out.

There was a great atmosphere with plenty of public at the event and Bob was popular with visitors as many wanted their photos taken with him in his Rorke's Drift uniform.  (see photo gallery)   

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Over the weekend of the 15th and 16th of June, the West Lancs MVT held our first club show at Ince Blundell village hall (just off the Formby bypass). We couldn't have asked for a better venue as our hosts looked after us really well and provided excellent facilities. We had a really good mixture of vehicles attending and it was a good relaxing weekend with a steady flow of visitors.

There was room for camping, the field was well drained and there was good hardstanding for our vehicles with parking spaces also available for the public.

We also had the use of the Village hall and were able to put on a few static displays for the public to see. These included a desert display on the stage by James Vasco and a weapon display provided by Dave DeRoos and James. We also had a photo display from WW2 showing the  Liverpool Blitz and various items of interest from the ARP by Chris Everett . Outside the hall Bob Stam provided a display from Rorke's Drift. On the Sunday  Danny Murphy and Ian Meredith from Fire museum joined us and brought along a few vehicles.

The theme of the weekend was 'Help for Heroe's and we helped raise funds through bucket collections and a raffle and the public were very generous - (see photo gallery)

 

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In May a few of our members attened the show at Smallwood - The show consisted of a number of displays, including approx 30 military vehicles.  

West Lancs MVT was represented by Roy Johns, Ben Croft, John Curtis and Bob Stam, with their vehicles and they were joined by friends from Cheshire & Merseyside MVT . On Saturday there was a lot of arena activity and the evenings were very sociable with people sitting round wood burning stoves and supping a variety of alcoholic health tonics. Sunday followed the same pattern as Saturday, with a few bargains snapped up at the stalls. (see photo gallery) 

 

 

 

 

 

  

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At the beginning of June, James, Leah, Maria and Bob went along to the Old Roan British Legion, Aintree to help raised money for Help the Hero's as the Legion was holding a charity night. We parked by the entrance and people attending were really generous. We even had a visit from Frank Gallager from Shameless !!!!! (see photo gallery)

  

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In May Maria, James, Mel, Natasha and Leah attended the 1940's weekend at the East Lancs railway in Bury. The weather was lovely and we had a great day out meeting up with friends (see photo gallery)

 

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Over the weekend of the 13th and 14th April a few of our members went along to the Mark Lancaster memorial event at Heatons Bridge and met up with friends from Cheshire and Merseyside and South Cumbria. As usual it was raining when  Maria, James, Mel and the girls  arrived but it was a good day with plently of vehicles turning up and showing support over the whole weekend. I believe approx 30 vehicles supported the event over the 3 days and Kev Riley brought along his latest new toy (a 12 tonne gun).

On the Saturday a plaque dedicated to Mark was unveiled by Simon Bromley and a large number of people attended the unveiling. A road run also took place in the afternoon. (see photo gallery)  

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On Wed the 20th March we were invited to support an appeal by an Army charity which helps discharged military personnel who are suffering from post service traumatic stress. Tony Cosgrove, Steve Walling and Bob Stam went along to support the event. There was considerable support from veterans, local councillors and the Mayor of Liverpool. It was a bright but very cold morning and the two kilted pipers must have walked up and down a couple of miles, just to keep from freezing up. (see photo gallery)

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