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Leyland fire engine fans the flames of love

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT: Fergus Macdonald, general manager of the Best Western Hotel, Leyland, with Norma the vintage fire engine

CHAMPAGNE MOMENT: Fergus Macdonald, general manager of the Best Western Hotel, Leyland, with Norma the vintage fire engine

This quirky wedding venue will really set the fires of passion alight.

‘Norma’, the vintage fire engine that has been turning heads in Leyland since she was installed earlier this year, has now become one of Lancashire’s most unusual wedding locations.

Instead of putting out flames, potential brides and grooms are able to fan the flames of romance in the 1938 TL Fire Engine.

The vehicle stands as a ‘Welcome to Leyland’ gateway monument, outside the Best Western Leyland Hotel, in Leyland Way, after hotel bosses got the vehicle 
licensed to hold ceremonies.

Staff say the sparkling vehicle, which was made by Leyland Motors and used during the Second World War, would offer the perfect backdrop for a perfect wedding day.

Fergus Macdonald, general manager of the hotel, said: “We knew for quite a while that Norma was coming to Leyland, so we decided to apply for a licence to register the vehicle as a wedding venue.

“We were really glad when we got the formal confirmation.

“You won’t find anywhere else in the country where you can do this, it really is one of a kind.”

The fire engine, which is enclosed in a glass box on the site on Leyland Way, doesn’t seem to be dousing the flames of passion for couples, as the hotel has already had enquires for the quirky venue.

Fergus said: “We’ve already had a couple of people enquiring about the venue and, although it has predominantly been men, I hope they will be able to convince their other halves.

“It would be a great venue for anyone who has a Leyland Trucks interest.”

Last week, community leaders got hot under the collar after the glass box enclosing the monument became covered in thick condensation hiding the attraction from view.

But Fergus doesn’t envisage a problem.

He said: “We do not foresee condensation being a problem as the ceremonies would only commence from April to summer, and we would always be on hand to clean the glass in any case.”

 

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