The Yorkshire Air Museum today fired up BBC Radio York’s ‘Pudsey’ appeal in some style, giving presenter Adam Tomlinson a ride he will probably never forget!
Adam and his production team’s idea was to borrow from the vivid imagination of French novelist Jules Verne and to travel around Yorkshire in 80 different ways in this run up to the Children in Need extravaganza on Friday 19th November. The Yorkshire Air Museum was delighted to respond to this challenge by providing three unusual vehicles to get the event off the ground – so to speak!
So, on this crisp, bright morning, Museum Director Ian Reed’s Daimler Ferret Armoured Scout car was waiting outside the Yorkshire Museum in Museum Garden’s to pick up his slightly unsuspecting passenger. The 5 ton vehicle had already caused a bit of a stir on its route through Piccadilly and down Coney Street, causing one or two startled pedestrians to wonder if they had possibly had one glass to many last night. No, you were not seeing things!
After a quick chat on the radio, Adam climbed onto his perch in the turret of the vehicle and off we went, with the radio car and St. John Ambulance following, taking a route through the heart of York from Museum Street to Duncombe Place, Low & High Petergate, across Kings Square and Colliergate, then down Fossway and into Walmgate and Hull road. The change over point was B&Q and there the exceptionally rare 1947 Commer Commando One and a Half Deck crewbus was waiting.
This was the vehicles first outing since being restored by volunteer Bob Emmett and the grand old lady behaved impeccably, providing Adam with a more genteel treat after the cold and excitement of the Ferret!
The bus took its intrepid passenger to the Yorkshire Air Museum itself, where after a warming coffee, it was into the GMC Fire Engine – twenty feet long, four wheel drive capable and 6 litres of rumbling American V8 under the bonnet. This is one of three Fire appliances kept working by the museum’s volunteer Fire Team, all CAA trained and tested.
The next stop was to Bubwith, North Duffield where Adam was to neet his next vehicle – a waste disposal truck!! Good luck Adam, we think you will need it with the adventures your team have set you up for.
Please log on to the BBC Radio York website and pledge your support for this truly fantastic cause, which has done so much to transform the lives of so many children. We wish Adam and his ’80 Ways Around Yorkshire’ all the very best!