One-of-a-kind Cold War vehicle convoy traverses Harleston

Robin Twigg, Pat Moore and Jean Bliss, of the Swan Hotel in Harleston, with their SALT memento.

Robin Twigg, Pat Moore and Jean Bliss, of the Swan Hotel in Harleston, with their SALT memento.

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A Cold War-themed tour company has praised Harleston’s community for its warm welcome when a parade featuring a convoy of vintage vehicles took a procession through the town centre.

Civic group Harleston’s Future teamed up with The Swan Hotel to stage a special occasion to honour the arrival of the Soviet Auto Luxury Tours (SALT), after the company announced it was using the town as its HQ for its ‘B-Roads and Broads’ Norfolk campaign.

More than 20 vehicles, including Trabants, Moskvitch, Skoda, Tatra, Wartburg and Ladas completed two full circuits, with SALT HQ banners and Eastern European flags hung along the route to mark the occasion.

Sarah Swan, co-organiser of the tour, said: “We had an absolutely wonderful time. The Swan Hotel and Harleston were very welcoming and everyone’s enthusiasm helped make this one of the best SALT trips we have had.”

As a token of appreciation for the support, SALT presented staff at the Swan Hotel with a signed framed memento of the event.

“We were really touched by the gesture, which will be hung in the Swan Hotel.

“But it was a two-way thing, with many people gaining great pleasure from the visit of their extraordinary cars –they were quite a talking point.”