Help to identify vintage van

Co-op van
Co-op van

The team behind a project to restore a 1930s Newmarket Co-op van is appealing for information to help restore the vehicle to its former glory.

Ipswich Transport Museum wants to find out the original colours of the body, lettering, wheels and shafts of the horse-drawn van so it can be repainted in the correct colours.

The Newmarket Co-op Van Restoration team has been working on the vehicle for the last eight months and hopes to eventually see it pulled by horses again at county shows.

Leo Brome, project leader, said: “We had a shift around of the exhibits at the museum and the van was looking a bit sorry for itself.

“We thought it would be a quick project, but the more we looked at it, the more work needed doing - there was a lot of wood worm and rot and the cart wheels had to be completely rebuilt.”

The van has been with the museum since 1976 and dates back to 1932.

Mr Brome said it would have transported items such as bread and milk and would have been last seen in action during the 1930s and 1940s, or the early 1950s before the Newmarket Co-operative Society closed in 1958.

Mr Brome said: “When we first got it, it was a reddish brown colour, but there is dark green and dark yellow underneath so we aren’t sure what the original colours were.

“If anyone remembers it coming around, or has any information, we would like to hear from them.”

Write to the museum at Ipswich Transport Museum, Old Trolleybus Depot, Cobham Road, Ipswich, IP3 9JD, email, or call 01473 715666.