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Saturday, 20 December 2014

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Vulcan bomber flypast at Stobart Fest

Fifteen thousand people are expected to flock to Carlisle Airport this weekend for the fourth Stobart Fest.

Star drivers from the haulage firm will be among the main attractions tomorrow and Sunday, but one of the highlights is expected to be a fly-past by the world’s last remaining Vulcan bomber in flight.

The XH558 Spirit of Great Britain is due to fly above the airfield on Sunday at about 2.50pm.

The Stobart Group has an affinity with the Vulcan as the company owns Carlisle and Southend Airports where two other Vulcans are kept.

On the ground, an estimated 30 trucks, trailers and other vehicles from Stobart’s road, rail and air fleets will be parked up for Eddie spotters to see. Many will be performing demonstrations.

Drivers who will be meeting fans over the weekend include Mark Dixon and Welshman Ashley Maddocks. They will be joined by chief executive Andrew Tinkler’s son Adam who drives a biomass truck.

Stobart driver Tim Stead, of Silloth, who illustrates cartoons in the firm’s Steady Eddie fanzine will also be leading workshops.

Fans from across the world are expected to join the crowds at Carlisle Airport.

Two new trucks will be wrapped in the famous Stobart livery during live demonstrations and there will be competitions to win the chance to name them.

The event is free with parking costing £2 per car in aid of CFM’s Cash for Kids appeal.

Stobart Fest will be open from 10am until 4pm both days.

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