Move over Miss Moneypenny! A collection of Aston Martin cars will be paraded through Farsley to celebrate the car manufacturer’s relationship with the village, writes Farsley’s Ken Baker.
And a massive 5.5 tonne stone plinth that will form a monument to the Aston Martin Factory location has this week been put in place the bottom of Westroyd Park.
The stone will be faced and the Aston Martin and David Brown (former owner) logos engraved on the front. In addition there will be a heritage red plaque put on it. The stone is on the site of where the production line was for the construction of the first Aston Martin cars.
Although the main manufacturing plant of James Bond 007’s car of choice was in Huddersfield, they also had a factory in Farsley during the 1950s.
Aston Martin Reunion Day itself is being held on Saturday 5th September. The cars will start to assemble at Farsley Celtic Football Ground from 10am and David Brown Tractors at a similar time at Springfield Business Centre.
The tractors will make their way through Springbanks and alongside Hainsworth Park to meet up with the cars on Newlands at 11am.
They will be then stopping near Westroyd Park for the unveiling ceremony of the plinth at 11am. Thereafter, the parade will begin about 11.15 am. The cars will move from Newlands, along Frances Street and down Old Road and Town Street, with all vehicles parked in the exhibition areas at SunnyBank Mills by noon.
The unveiling will be by Adam Brown, grandson of David Brown, also present will be the president of the
Town Street will be shut from Frances Street/Old Road down to the cenotaph from 11am until 12.30pm at the very latest.