THE Merseyside Transport Trust (MTT) will be holding its Annual Open Day event on Sunday, July 31 to raise funds for the upkeep of its fleet of more than 50 historic vehicles.
This is a rare and unique opportunity to see the vast collection of buses (and a train) in various stages of restoration.
The event is also aimed to attract new members, volunteers, sponsorship and generate interest within the community.
This year’s event will feature bus rides around the surrounding area, serving local pubs, several scenic West Lancashire villages and supporting local businesses.
There will be numerous vehicles on display including visiting vehicles from other preservation groups, sales stands and talks given about the group’s latest projects and how people can become involved.
The MTT and the Annual Open Day is run entirely by volunteers and they are always keen to see more people actively involved as well as to see the associated skills base that goes with this.
Light refreshments will be available with all proceeds going to the charity and entry is free. A souvenir programme and guide to the day will be available for just £4 and any donations people would like to make to the group would be most welcome which will go towards the continued restoration and safe keeping of the unique collection.
Lee Wolfe, publicity and events officer of The MTT has been involved with the group for more than a decade.
Lee said: ‘’This event is now in its 9th year after a two- year break following the Pandemic. We look forward to welcoming back all our supporters and we hope to attract many first-time visitors too. All funds raised at the event will go a long way in helping to keep our collection safe for the future.’’
The event will be held at the MTT’s base off Tollgate Road, Burscough, L40 8TG. Free car parking will be available with a free park and ride bus service connecting the two sites. A free shuttle service will also run connecting the event to Ormskirk & Burscough Bus/Rail Interchanges.
Doors open from 11am until 4pm. For more information see the website www.mttrust.co.uk