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Saturday, 25 October 2014

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Lorry loads of fun for fans at Stobart Fest in Carlisle

Truck fans travelled from across the globe to Carlisle Airport to meet Eddie Stobart drivers made famous by the firm’s television shows.

Stobart Fest photo
Elizabeth Kennedy meets driver Mark Dixon

They queued for hours over the weekend at Stobart Fest to get brochures signed, have their photo taken with their favourite lorries and drivers, and have a chat.

About 12,000 people flocked to the fourth Stobart Fest over two days – there were 8,500 people on Saturday with the remainder going along yesterday.

Organisers were hoping that the highlight of the event would be a fly-past yesterday by the world’s last remaining Vulcan bomber in flight. However, the historic aircraft did not make it due to thunder storms in south Yorkshire.

On the ground around 30 trucks, trailers and other vehicles from Stobart’s road, rail and air fleets were parked up for Eddie spotters to examine.

Mick Leech, who works for the Stobart Group as a driver and trainer, said he had heard of one fan travelling to the festival from Sydney in Australia.

He said he was always amazed by fans’ dedication and added: “At the end of the day they have spent their time to come and see you. We have got to spend the time with them.

“I’ve met some lovely people.”

Corey Bruce, a 15-year-old from Swansea, queued for about three hours to meet fellow Welshman and driver Ashley Maddocks.

He said he could not wait for the gates to open and added that he would like to work for the Carlisle-based haulage firm when he was older.

“I just find it interesting,” he said.

Robert Scott, a 13-year-old from Gilsland, near Brampton said the trucks were “cool” adding: “And they are on the TV.

“I liked seeing the wagons – especially Phoebe Grace because it just stands out.”

Patricia Briggs, 48, had travelled down from Edinburgh and said she had been a member of the fan club since the beginning – around 40 years. She said: “The drivers are always happy to give you a wave.”

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