After breaking with tradition and attending the NFE 2013 without cars, Coleman Milne had a fantastic show, entertaining our many guests in our now famous “Heritage Café”. Even without cars, the Coleman Milne stand was extremely busy; one might say overcrowded! Sam, our Barista, creates the smoothest coffee ever, which everyone who tasted will verify.
Coleman Milne, established in 1953, is celebrating its 60th Anniversary this year which became part of the theme of our stand. To encapsulate the history, Coleman Milne displayed a photograph, recently presented to the company by Roderick Milne’s family, showing the founder outside of the current factory on the day they moved in back in 1977 to underpin the celebration.
Not quite a full car, Coleman Milne were able to demonstrate a working model of the new EcoBoost 2-00 litre engine, now fitted as standard in all our Ford based funeral vehicles. Whilst many a joke was passed about the slow running of this particular model, everyone agreed this latest technology was the way forward.
Business was still the main focus of attending the show and although never anticipated, Coleman Milne was delighted to sign a number of orders for funeral vehicles. Also on show, albeit it in photographic form, was the latest vehicle developed by Coleman Milne, the Mercedes Benz S-Class Limousine. The level of interest in this market leading product was surprising and Coleman Milne expects to sign orders over the coming months.
So will we be back in 2015? Planning has already begun with a commitment given to the organisers as the show closed that we would definitely return, and hopefully, so will Sam the Barista!