The Freemen of Newcastle and the Shepherd family have have joined forces and bought the historic Lord Mayors coach vehicle which has graced the Newcastle’s city’s streets for more than two hundred years.
It means the coach will stay in the city and not be sold abroad as some people feared when the City’s council put the coach, built in 1798, up for sale in November 2012.
Sir Leonard Fenwick, Chairman of the Freemen of the City of Newcastle, said:
“The Freemen of Newcastle upon Tyne, as predecessors to the city council, are delighted to be in a position to contribute in such a proactive manner, and ensure that this aspect of the city’s heritage is sustained in perpetuity on behalf of the community.”
The coach will eventually take up residence in the former Military Vehicle Museum which the Shepherd family bought from the council and are in the process of renovating to display their collection of coaches and vintage cars.
Freddy Shepherd of Shepherd Offshore said:
“The Shepherd family is delighted that we can play a part with the Freemen in retaining the carriage in Newcastle. As a Newcastle family we are delighted that the carriage is staying in the city and we can assure everyone that it will eventually go on display to the public in the Exhibition Park Museum.”
Quotes and news source: www.newcastle.gov.uk/news-story/lord-mayor%E2%80%99s-coach-saved-city
The coach was built by local Coachmakers, Atkinson & Philipson of the Northumberland Coach Factory, Newcastle who started building coaches in 1774.