IT is one of the biggest days in the Lymm calendar and its reputation has spread much further among enthusiasts.

Historic Transport Day will fly, sail, drive and steam into the village on Sunday

The event started just six years ago but it has quickly grown to become one of the region’s premier transport themed occasions with something for everyone from transport buffs to families looking for a fun, affordable day out.

Among the historic attractions at this year’s volunteer-run event will be a flypast by the RAF’s last remaining Dakota aircraft, particularly fitting in the same month that saw the 75th anniversary of D-Day in which the Dakota featured.

As well as dropping in paratroopers it also carried home wounded soldiers from forward positions.

After the popular parade, which is free to view, there will be around 400 classic cars on the May Queen Field.

Lymm resident Alan Williams, who launched the Historic Transport Day, said: “Each has its own story to tell but probably none could be more compelling than that of 77 RW, the first open top E-Type Jaguar that was driven through the night to be in time for the opening of the 1961 Geneva Motor Show.

“It totally stole the show and set a whole new standard for car design though the 1960s and even beyond.”

On the Bridgewater Canal you will find more than 20 historic working boats including Saturn, the last of the Shropshire flyboats that would have regularly passed through Lymm on its way to Manchester loaded with cheese from the dairies of Shropshire.

Ahead of the one-day festival, Saturn will be in the village as part of education sessions on canal history for more than 200 primary school children with help from the volunteers from the Boat Museum at Ellesmere Port.

And next to the canal will be around a dozen traction engines.

Alan added: “Every one of these engines is historic in its own right and reflect the roles of these giant workhorses from road laying to showman’s engines.

“With hundreds more attractions and vehicles including a giant Lego transport exhibition, model railways, children’s transport rides, a world food court plus live entertainment from ‘The Jester’ and the Xtreme Stunt Bike Show and a live rockabilly band, it promises to be another memorable day.”

Lymm Historic Transport Day is in the village centre and May Queen Field on Sunday.

The parade is free but the main event field is admission by wristband on the day which cost £5 for adults, £3 for children or £12 for a family of four.

To find out more about the volunteer-run event, which raises funds for charities and causes in the area, visit