Royal Visitor To Join Industry Celebration

HRH The Duke of Kent will be taking part in a celebration of today's modern and forward thinking passenger transport sector, when he pays a visit to Euro Bus Expo 2008, which opens in just two months time. The Royal visitor will be coming to the National Exhibition Centre (NEC) in Birmingham on Thursday 6th November, the third and final day of the coach and bus industry's biennial trade event. As well as visiting some of the 300 plus exhibitor stands and stepping aboard the 150 or so vehicles from every sector of the market on display at the 34,000m2 trade show, His Royal Highness will also have the opportunity to see latest industry developments in three dedicated zones Technology, Environment and Training & Development which are an integral part of this year's Euro Bus Expo experience.

Also likely to catch The Duke of Kent's eye is a special feature area celebrating "Ten Decades of the Bus". An original and fully restored one hundred year old 1908 Leyland X2 is just one of four vintage vehicles which will form a centre piece at the show.

"We are delighted and honoured that HRH The Duke of Kent has accepted our invitation to join us at what is a celebration of both the modern and the vintage in Birmingham this autumn, " said Simon Posner, Chief Executive of the industry's UK trade body the Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT).

He added, "Thursday 6th November promises to be a busy day at the show, as the Minster of State for Transport - the Rt Hon Rosie Winterton MP will also be paying a visit. The Minister will be making a keynote speech at an International Conference, running in parallel with EBE 2008."

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