Jonathan Taylor reports from the recent ‘Coachfest’ event held at Temsa’s Cleckheaton dealership
This industry is well known for its charitable efforts above and beyond narrow industry-related causes. So it was great to be driving up from Wiltshire to Yorkshire on 23 August to visit the almost pop-up two-day Coachfest industry show in aid of motor neurone disease and put on by the combined resources of Temsa and Islesbus at Temsa UK’s Lodge Garage, Gomersal HQ.
Of course the day started sunny in Wiltshire where I live (as it always does!), but driving up the M5/M6 the sky became overcast and the rain started to fall somewhere around Manchester. Magically, after turning right onto the M62, the weather brightened for the drive up and across the Pennines. It had been a very early morning start with the alarm going off at 0400hrs, but I arrived at the Temsa premises in Cleckheaton just on time for the 1000hrs opening and immediately met the friendly figure of Mike Beagrie from Close Brothers Vehicle Hire walking back to his car to collect some extra stand items.
That was the theme for the day; everyone I met was friendly and relaxed. The whole event was quite a contrast to the more formal industry events held at the NEC. So here is my friendly and relaxed review of the 2023 Coachfest show.
First port of call after passing the busy welcome trailer was to find Paul Gardner (Regional Sales Manager at Temsa) and donate a prize of three fine wines and a CBW one-year subscription to the show raffle in aid of the Motor Neurone Disease Association supported by Rob Burrow, the former Rugby League player.[…]
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