Published: Wednesday, 05th June 2019

Buckle up for a fantastic celebration of transport, travel and motion as Oldham town centre gears up to host its first-ever Accelerate Festival.

With a fantastic exhibition of vintage vehicles lined-up alongside a parade of motor-themed entertainment – plus the special return of one of Oldham’s home-grown motoring treasures – there’s something for all to enjoy.

From 11am onwards, visitors can exhibit lovingly restored cars and classic motors down at Parliament Square as the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club returns to Oldham for its 12th year. 

At the same time there will also be a pop-up showcase of vintage buses by the Museum of Transport, Greater Manchester in the gardens of Gallery Oldham. Some of the busses featured include the 1957 Leyland Titan, the Oldham Corporation Bus and the 1948 Leyland, North Western.

Spectators can then enjoy a procession from Noon onwards of curiosities, contraptions and musical vehicles designed by artists and local residents, as the SpareParts Parade makes its debut appearance in the town centre. 

SpareParts will also be bringing a programme packed with the best transport-themed street theatre, dance and music around as we welcome performances from the likes of Grumpy Grandads ‘Ay Up Airlines’ (Greenbank Productions), ‘Drive by Comedy’ (Pemberton & Hague), and Boom Bikes & Bouree (Dan Fox). For a full list of the performers, please visit:

Accelerate doesn’t stop there, as we then celebrate the return of Oldham’s very own ‘Rothwell Car’ to Gallery Oldham (1.30pm). First produced in the borough back in 1910 by Rothwell & Co Ltd, the ‘Rothwell Car’ is a rare piece of our motoring history and a unique item from our industrial past.

Sean Fielding, Oldham Council Leader, said: “This is a fantastic day of motoring-themed entertainment with something for all the family to enjoy in Oldham town centre.

“I am particularly looking forward to seeing the return of the ‘Rothwell Car’ – an iconic symbol of Oldham’s industrial heritage, which I would encourage you all to see as it becomes a permanent fixture at Gallery Oldham.

“Accelerate is another great example of the high-quality event offer we are putting on to make our town centre a visitor destination in its own right.”

Jodie Gibson, SpareParts Festival Artistic Director, added: “It’s great to be part of Accelerate and it is a perfect fit for SpareParts.

“This is our first time in Oldham and we are delighted to be here and to bring another dimension to this great event. Audiences can expect an array of high-quality performances, all with a transport theme. This year audience members will be peddling their own musical, going on a journey with 10ft puppets and even cloud gazing.

“Alongside bringing international artists to the programme we create opportunities for local people to participate or perform. This year in Oldham more than 200 local people will take part in the SpareParts Arts Parade as it makes its way through the town centre at 12 noon in a cavalcade of colour and creativity.”

This event is a partnership between Oldham Council, the Tame Valley Vintage and Classic Car Club, Museum of Transport Greater Manchester, SpareParts ‘On the Move’ and Gallery Oldham.

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