Thank You!

A special thank you to the late Thomas William Riding, former managing director and chief executive of W & J Riding for 25 years, to whom this website is dedicated.

Over the years Tom was kind enough to supply a vast amount of detailed historical information along with many of the superb rare photographs featured and without his invaluable help and dedication this website would not have been possible.

The site now contains over 2500 images, complete with in depth details, all of which are accessible via the main menu & side menu (marked with the mobile menu icon of 3 lines on a mobile & tablet).

R.I.P. Tom Riding 1933 - 2019

After a short illness Tom Riding sadly passed away in hospital on Saturday the 6th of July 2019 with his beloved family at his bedside. 

This website is dedicated to Tom who was a true gentleman and a legend in the road haulage industry.

Without his invaluable knowledge, help, enthusiasm and dedication it would not have been possible for us all to share in the detailed history of W & J Riding.

The funeral of the late Thomas William Riding took place on Monday the 22nd of July 2019 at St Lawrence’s C of E Parish Church in Longridge 

Pictured above W & J Riding’s preserved Atkinson Borderer tractor unit Reg No PTC 440K ‘Faithful’ was used to carry Tom’s coffin from his home in nearby Ribchester to the church in Longridge.

W & J Riding’s preserved Atkinson Borderer tractor unit Reg No PTC 440K ‘Faithful’ which is now owned by Tony Brierly of Great Harwood near Blackburn.

Tony was kind enough to supply his Atkinson for Tom’s funeral which is seen here at St Lawrence’s C of E Parish Church in Longridge after transporting Tom’s coffin from his family home in nearby Ribchester.

Tom was a life long Preston North End football fan and along with his wife Margaret they never missed a home game and also traveled to many away games over the years.

The club paid him a nice tribute at Saturdays home game against Wigan on the 10th of August 2019 as can be seen in this picture.

Preston North End did him proud beating Wigan 3-0

Tom’s obituary which was published in the September 2019 issue of Heritage Commercials magazine.

R.I.P. Thomas William Riding 1933 - 2019