BUSINESSES have been backing the world’s first Truck Trail, but there is still one last chance for companies to get involved.

Last month, South Ribble Borough Council revealed that 14 specially made trucks will be put on display throughout Leyland next year to celebrate the town’s proud history of commercial vehicle production Thirteen of the trucks were opened up to sponsors, and businesses snapped up 12 in the first week, leaving just one up for grabs.

Councillor Peter Mullineaux, leader of South Ribble Borough Council, said: “The Truck Trail has been extremely well received and supported by local businesses.

“Following a successful launch event, we are very excited to get the project moving and to get the trucks on the road.”

Manufactured from a welded steel frame, the 6ft-high trucks are all designed around a vehicle produced by Leyland Trucks since its inception in 1896, and boast names including ‘Super Hippo’. ‘The Comet’ and ‘Military Martian.’

The trucks will snake from Leyland Railway Station to Worden Park and will form an exciting and interactive trail on show from April 2017, for six months.

Sponsors get their brand advertised on their truck and part of their financial contribution will fund an education programme teaching children about careers opportunities in advanced manufacturing and engineering.

The 14th truck will be designed by schoolchildren and the winning design will be unveiled at the Leyland Festival in June.

To enquire about sponsoring a truck, contact the council’s Economic Development Team on: 01772 625441.