Historic vehicles to stop in Crawley High Street

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Commercial vehicles from bygone years will trundle along the High Street after a football match scuppered their usual pitstop plans.

The vehicles will all be taking part in the Historic Commercial Vehicle Society’s 54th London to Brighton Run on Sunday May 3.

Usually the run stops at the Checkatrade.com stadium – but Crawley Town’s final match of the season against Coventry meant the car park would be unavailable.

After being contacted by the organisers, Crawley Borough Council stepped in and offered the High Street as an alternative place to stop.

Chrissie MacDonald, of the organising team said 190 historic vehicles such as vans, lorries, buses, fire engines, military and steam vehicles would be taking part in the run.

All had reached the end of their working life and been lovingly restored.

Given the relatively small size of the High Street, Chrissie said only the smaller vehicles would be making their way along the High Street while the larger vehicles headed straight for the Pease Pottage service station.

She added: “Crawley council have been very helpful at accommodating us and we are very grateful for their assistance.”

A council spokesman said this year’s change of route was being seen as a trial run with the possibility of making it a regular thing in years to come.

She added: “It’s whether they feel it is suitable for them.”

The vehicles are expected to start reaching the High Street from 8.30am and should all have passed through by 11.30am.

Participants will be celebrating 100 years of Southdown Motor Services – meaning there will be quite a few old buses on show.