Tractors and trucks in spectacular procession past Wigan hospital to thank NHS

The convoy of large industrial vehicles gave the health service a thunderous thank you outside Wigan Infirmary.

Friday, 15th May 2020, 8:29 am
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 9:05 am
The tractor leading the procession down Wigan Lane

Groups of people gathered all down Wigan Lane to watch the procession pass, with lots of horn honking and clapping to show appreciation for the front-line workers tackling the Covid-19 outbreak.

The convoy, which made its way past the hospital at 8pm on Thursday, included vintage and newer tractors, HGV cabs and other large commercial vehicles.

The tractor at the head of the column bore a message asking residents to support the NHS and stay safe.

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HGV cabs in the convoy

Dozens of trucks and agricultural vehicles slowly made their way down Wigan Lane.

The event, which was organised by Patricia McElchare and her friend Wally Kay, was also a fund-raiser for the NHS.

The procession was timed to coincide with the popular Clap for Carers when people stand on their doorsteps to show gratitude to the NHS and other key workers.

Next week it will be the turn of the Royal Mail to thank the health service with a convoy of post vans planned to go past Wigan Infirmary.

Tractors passing Wigan Infirmary during the fund-raising event

Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust said on social media that anyone going out to watch the processions should ensure they keep social distancing requirements at all times.