Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Gleaming and fully-restored at the recent Wheel Nuts event at Portree High School was a 1938 Albion flatbed lorry.  This was a project for John 'Jan' Nicolson of Jan's in Portree.

His father was a driver with the Co-operative organisation and drove a vehicle exactly like this one.  Jan had heard of this surviving example in a place near Eaglesham not far from East Kilbride and the owner agreed to sell it to him after his own collection grew too large. 

Jan says the Albion was virtually the same as the one his father used to drive and which he remembers sitting in as a child.  When he brought it back to Skye, he decided - with the permission of the family concerned - to restore it in the colours of Ewen Macrae, the original transport pioneer in Skye and whose lorry firm originally ran the Crossal premises which Jan's now owns. The flatbed lorries from Crossal were also used for transporting for whisky barrels from the Talisker distillery to the mainland and Jan has restored the lorry with whisky barrels under netting as it would have been in the past. The Albion's visit to the Wheel Nut's event was its first outing since restoration was completed.

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