McMurrays Haulage of Accrington has celebrated its 45th anniversary by taking delivery of a top spec Volvo FH-500, Globetrotter XL 6×2 tractor unit from Thomas Hardie Commercials, Preston.
The 500hp flagship, is being used general haulage duties. It also serves The Pallet Network (TPN) and is adorned with artwork commemorating the company founder, David McMurray, who passed away as a result of cancer in 1998 and also his son Mark McMurray, who was taken by Leukaemia in 2007 aged just 21.

Director, David McMurray (son of company founder David) says: “We wanted a special truck to mark our 45th anniversary and it seemed right to honour my father and brother at the same time by featuring portraits of them in the cab artwork. Losing two family members to cancer is not something I’d wish for anyone and drawing attention to and raising funds for cancer care is very close to our hearts.”

In this vein the company is presently organising a 20km charity walk from Clitheroe to Oswaldtwistle to take place on Bank Holiday Monday (29th May) in order to raise funds for the Young Oncology Unit at ‘The Christie’ Hospital in Manchester. “The care this unit offers is invaluable and our fund raising walk will go a little way to supporting activities there,” says David.

The 45th anniversary truck boasts all the comforts and refinements expected of a flagship Volvo including leather upholstery, twin bunk, fridge, air-suspended and electrically-operated driver’s seat. “We also specified Alcoa Dura-bright rims and we’ve had Kelsa low, sun visor and top bars fitted,” says David.

“The driver of this truck is a massive Volvo fan and I must confess, having operated Volvo trucks over the past seven years, we too like the Volvo product,” adds David. “Because this truck is generally on distance work throughout the UK we really need the reliability that comes from operating Volvo and to back this up we have a Blue R&M contract with Thomas Hardie Commercials in Preston. We have also been pleased with the fuel returns, which are becoming more of an issue now as prices rise.”