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Moment brass band serenaded motorists in middle of M6 after fire brought traffic to a standstill

Moment brass band serenaded stranded motorists in middle of M6 after fire brought traffic to a standstill for two hours

  • Video footage shows the moment the brass band struck up a tune on the M6 
  • Around 40 people stood in the middle of the motorway following huge tailbacks 
  • Some drivers took to entertaining themselves with a game of table football 
  • The delays were due to a massive lorry blaze which happened on Friday (July 29)

Video footage of stranded motorists banding together and singing as a brass band serenades them on a major motorway has emerged online. 

The footage, filmed on Friday (July 29), captures around 40 people standing in the middle of the M6 near Preston, Lancashire applauding performers and singing along after a fire stopped traffic for hours. 

Cars were brought to a stop following a lorry blaze on the major road, causing huge tailbacks as fire crews performed a ‘complex recovery operation’.

During the lengthy wait, drivers kept themselves entertained in a variety of ways including playing table football in the middle of the usually busy three-lane motorway. 

Some even organised parties as they waited for the road to be cleared as they listened to the brass band strike up a few well-known tunes. 

Images shared online showed motorists standing on the road and chatting amongst themselves as they waited for the blockage ahead to be cleared. 

Cars on the other side of the road even slowed down to watch the entertainment taking place.  

Cars were brought to a stop following a lorry blaze on the major road, causing huge tailbacks

The footage showed people standing on the road watching performers play and entertaining themselves as they waited

The footage showed people standing on the road watching performers play and entertaining themselves as they waited 

Cars on the other side of the road even slowed down to watch the entertainment taking place

Cars on the other side of the road even slowed down to watch the entertainment taking place

A spokesperson for the National Highways agency confirmed the reason for the delay on the road, which was cleared at around 8:30pm. 

Taking to Twitter, they wrote: There’s a 2-hour delay on the M6 between J33-J31a, and also a 1 hour delay on M55 east between J3 and M6.’

‘This is to allow a complex recovery operation to take place.’

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