Trucks getting ready to roll in Grantown!
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Grantown’s trucks are ready to roll this weekend but sadly there will be no MotorMania to go with them.
“We’re all really disappointed,” organiser Martin Grant said.
“We thought we would be allowed to make some room on the showfield for a few of the beautiful old vintage vehicles, just to keep MotorMania on the event calendar while longer term plans might be looked at, but the council said no.
“Motor Mania has been strangled by red tape.”
Earlier this year it was announced that the popular vintage vehicle parade had no committee to organise it and the truckers offered to share some space at their revived truck fest.
It begins with a 160-strong vehicle parade through the town between 9am and 10am on Saturday. Then it will be all go at the showfield with live bands – including Carrbridge favourites the Anne Dickson Band – fun rides for youngsters, trade and craft stalls, bouncy castles. A Highland Council spokesperson told the Strathy: “An application for a public entertainment licence was submitted by the organisers of the Truck IN2 Grantown in relation to their event.
“The council became aware at a very late stage – on May 3 – that there were plans to join the event with the MotorMania event, which would have been a significant departure from the event management plan.
“Whilst the council always seek to accommodate late applications or changes to application as much as possible the applicants were advised that it was very unlikely that we would be able to process any amended application in time for the event.
“The council has clarified with the applicants that they can still go ahead with their event that they originally applied for, in accordance with the original event management plan.
“We have informed them we would be happy to provide advice and information to both event organisers should they look to hold a joint event.”