THIS Saturday Furness has two events on offer for those with a fascination for vintage cars, motorcycles and buses so we are turning the spotlight on images of preserved classic vehicles from The Mail archive.

Barrow Transport Group, whose members restore  and run a fleet of heritage public service buses, is holding its annual coffee morning at Dalton United Reformed Church, on Market Street, from 9.30am to 12pm.

There will be all the usual attractions, including a cake stall, bric-a-brac, and a tombola.

One of the group’s classic former Barrow Corporation Transport double-decker buses has been touring regional vintage vehicle events this year with a huge advertisement on its side for Saturday’s Barrow Festival of Transport.

The event by Barrow Bid – the Barrow Business Improvement District - is looking likely to attract close to 200 classic, vintage, prestige and interesting vehicles to Barrow town centre.

Vehicles will be arriving from 9am and will all be in place by 10am at places like Dalton Road, Portland Walk and Scott Street.

The highlight is set to be a 3.30pm procession of vehicles.

Cherished number plates can sometimes hold more value and historical interest that the vehicles they are attached to.

On January 18 in 1998 The Mail looked as some notable Furness examples, including the registration number E01.

It was attached to a company Jaguar used by John Hornby, chairman and managing director of Barrow-based shipping firm James Fisher and Sons.

This was the first number plate issued to a Barrow car - owned by company founder James Fisher in the early 1900s.

In July 1998 volunteer worker Eileen Scott got a trip in a vintage car to a meeting of the Barrow Rotary club at the Lisdoonie Hotel, where she was received the vocational service award.

Rotarian Derek Gwynn said: "For 27 years she has worked as a volunteer with the Samaritans and in addition to basic volunteering and helping with the telephone shifts, she served as director for six years and as treasurer for seven years.”