Celebrating our 15th anniversary in style by entering the UK Coach Rally 2016 in Blackpool
After many years of attending as a spectator, 2016, Jeakins 15 year anniversary, saw us enter a vehicle in to the UK Coach Rally, Blackpool. After talking to many other coach operators up and down the country, we were prep’d and ready for the weekend event in April. Travelling up on the Friday afternoon, the entire Jeakins family of 3 generations were present to represent the company.
Saturday saw David and Andrew take the Mercedes we entered on a 50km trip around the countyside with only a 20 minute warning of the route, upon return to the sea front, Andrew then got to show of his driving skills in the Coach Driver of the Year competition. Following this, we set about polishing the coach until every last inch had a shine on it, there were 49 other coaches participating, so competition was fierce. After the hard work out of polishing, we quickly got ourselves scrubbed up for an evening dinner and dance in the Blackpool Tower Ballroom. This was a fantastic prestigious event that saw coach operators from around the UK all getting together to celebrate our great industry.
Sunday was an early 06:00 start, perhaps too early for some. The polishing continued and all the final detailing as judging started at 09:00. A number of judges visited, all checking different items, from interior cleanliness to smartest dressed crew. After completion, it was a social affair checking out the competition and meeting new and old faces.
Sadly we left empty handed, but we had an amazing time and are already booked into next years one.