This is the emotional journey and history of Lynda’s Transport as told by Lynda herself;
Late September 1979, we had just sold our café in Elland, West Yorkshire, I was 32 years old and at a loose end. After being my own boss for such a long time I knew in my heart going back to being just an employee would be difficult.
My father was a one man haulier, he owned a small pick up truck and a 7.5ton Bedford TK. I had a business plan for him, my idea was that through his knowledge and contacts he would ferry loads to Huddersfield, and I would distribute them on a pick-up. This would give him more time to go and transport larger hauls. We would transport for the horticultural industry, mainly servicing local authorities throughout Yorkshire and Lancashire.
To my surprise and disappointment my father said no to the business proposal. I quote “if you want to do it, go out and buy a van and get going” and So I did. On the 16th October 1979 at 12 noon I was on my way to collect my first load, organised by my father.
With only myself to answer to and the open road, what could go wrong? I quickly learned that it was not that easy, I couldn’t always rely on my dad for work, I needed to go out and find clients of my own.
I put my name down with a clearing house business with which I knew through the days of the café. It would be a few weeks before they finally called me. I started off with some local collections, these were distributed onto larger vehicles that would travel all over the United Kingdom. Once again I was in love with my career!
Not long after our son Colin left school and joined me at 15 as a van boy. As he wasn’t old enough to drive, he proved himself as the best navigator on the road. Just days after his 17th birthday he passed his driving test, he went on at 21 to gain his Class ONE driving licence and I couldn’t be prouder of him.