A record number of attractions were on show for the annual Lymm Historic Transport Day which included a flyover by a WWII Spitfire.
The usually quiet and peaceful village streets of Lymm were throbbing with the noise and splendour of a huge array of historic cars, bicycles, motorbikes, scooters and steam traction engines making their way to the May Queen field to mark the opening of this year’s annual vintage transport extravaganza.
Despite early rain spirits were not dampened and large crowds turned out to welcome the wheeled visitors. Over 400 classic cars and bikes were on also on display.
Now in its 5th year the show boasted its biggest ever range of attractions which included not one but two iconic Spitfire aircraft. Due to the weather the much anticipated flyover was slightly delayed but was more than worth the wait as the World War 2 fighter made several passes over the field before tipping its wings and zooming off into the grey sky.
As well as the hundreds of fabulous vehicles there were many other attractions to keep the many hundreds of visitors entertained with a narrow gauge steam train ride proving very popular with both children and grown ups alike.
Many exhibitors were wearing period costume including military personnel and nurses. Alongside a beautiful Spitfire was an extremely popular aircraft cockpit at the Air Training Corps stand.
Children of all ages loved taking the controls of actual diggers and the Batmobile proved to be a big hit whilst raising money and awareness for the “Prevent Breast Cancer” charity.
Live music from several 40’s and 50’s style bands and singers entertained folk whist a vast choice of foods and drinks ensured that the locals had plenty to choose from.
The Lymm weekend is also now recognised as one of the most popular events in the calendar for historic working boats which made a very colourful and interesting spectacle as they crammed the canal in the village centre. With a maximum speed of 4 MPH many had travelled several days to be at the festival. The first boat to arrive was the Saturn which used to carry cheese from Shropshire, through Lymm on route to Manchester.
All agreed that this was another spectacular success and that the Historic Transport day continues to go from strength to strength and was a wonderful part of the Lymm Festival Summer 2017 which continues to provide events for another week.