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Middy to mark rebirth of the lorry that helped put trains out of business!

PUBLISHED: 15:59 16 August 2018 | UPDATED: 15:59 16 August 2018

Andrew and Julian Coy have worked on restoring the Dennis Mace lorry. Picture: MID SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY.

Andrew and Julian Coy have worked on restoring the Dennis Mace lorry. Picture: MID SUFFOLK LIGHT RAILWAY.


The star guest at the Mid Suffolk Light Railway on Sunday is a restored example of the line’s Nemesis!

A Dennis Mace lorry has been restored and fitted with an original engine. This is the type of vehicle whose arrival on the post-war scene helped seal the fate of many local rail services like the Middy.

Much of the restoration work on the lorry was carried out by father and son volunteers Julian and Andrew Coy with carpentry by Brian Scott at the Middy’s Carriage & Wagon Works.

The guest of honour at the unveiling ceremony at noon on Sunday will be Mr. Roger Heard OBE, retired Sales Director of Dennis Bus & Fire Engine Co. He will be joined by Alan Russell who leads the Dennis Bus restoration project for the Ipswich Transport Museum.

The Middy will also be visited by the Norwich Vintage Motorcycle Club at lunchtime-ish bringing a fascinating range of ancient and rare machines to Brockford Station forecourt.

More than 200 services have been delayed on Greater Anglia’s main line this weekend - with unforeseen maintenance issues compounding disruption caused by planned works on the track to London Liverpool Street.

Leave extra time for your journey if it’s likely to be affected by roadworks.

Suffolk villagers have taken ownership of their last remaining pub – more than five years after a major fire devastated the historic inn.

This weekend sees the party conference season move up a gear with the start of the Labour Conference in Liverpool – an event that politicos across the country will be watching closely.

Police have seized a car in the centre of Ipswich as it was unroadworthy and didn’t have the correct insurance.

A five-year funded project to restore heathland at Suffolk Wildlife Trust’s Knettishall Heath reserve comes to an end this month but the benefits to wildlife in the area will be seen for years to come.

Drivers in the Halstead area are being asked to contact police with any information they may have regarding a life-threatening crash on Friday night.

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