Vintage vehicle procession to take to Doncaster town centre today

Cars lined up at the St Leger Historic Vehicle Rally at Sandtoft TrolleyBus Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe
Cars lined up at the St Leger Historic Vehicle Rally at Sandtoft TrolleyBus Museum. Picture: Andrew Roe
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Vintage vehicles will drive through Doncaster town centre this morning as the annual St Leger Vehicle Rally gets underway.

The nostalgic day out for all the family will later focus on the Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft when vintage buses and other historic vehicles will be brought to life.

Visitors will be whisked back in time as a fine array of cars and commercial vehicles, representing modes of transport from a bygone age, are put through their paces, as the museum hosts one of its biggest events of the year.

But the event will get under way with a procession of historic motor vehicles from Aero Venture, the South Yorkshire Aircraft Museum.

The vehicles will be on display at the Aero Venture’s Dakota Way site (off Airborne Road, Doncaster) from 10am, and the cavalcade gets underway from 11.15am, when drivers will receive the order to start their engines.

The convoy will travel through the town centre, via Hall Gate, Silver Street and East Laith Gate, before heading west along Thorne Road, passing through Edenthorpe and Hatfield en-route to the museum. On arrival at Sandtoft, the vehicles will take part alongside the centre’s varied collection of vintage trolleybuses in a running-day event, aiming to recreate the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s.

Free tours from the museum around the Isle of Axholme using vintage motorbuses, will be increased this year to a 15 min frequency throughout the day. Stops along the route will offer passengers the chance to explore the villages of Epworth and Belton, before returning to Sandtoft.

Light refreshments and a children’s play area will be available at the museum site, and for those who like to browse, there’s always the bric-a-brac stalls and souvenir shop.

A spokesman for the Trolleybus Museum said: “There is sure to be something to appeal to everyone, whether they have an interest in transport, or are just someone who enjoys a Sunday afternoon out.”

“Sandtoft recreates an atmosphere from days gone by. You can watch the old style shop fronts flash past as you take a free ride on a trolleybus, or enjoy the local countryside from the ‘upstairs’ of a double-decker on a tour of the Isle of Axholme.”

“It’s amazing how much nostalgia can be felt when someone recognises the old bus they went to school on!”

The Trolleybus Museum at Sandtoft is open from 11am until 5pm and a free bus service is available, departing from Doncaster Interchange, stand C6, at 11.30am and 12 noon. The service returns to Doncaster from Sandtoft museum at 4pm and 5pm.

Entrance charges: £9.00 adults, £7.50 senior citizens, concessions/children £6.00 or £28.00 family (2 adults and up to 4 concessions). Free car parking is available, but why not take advantage of the free bus service, which takes just 40 minutes?