Chuck the Trucker


Apologies for the huge delay in writing this blog, but it has been extremely busy! Earlier this year I was very fortunate to be asked to contribute towards ‘Legends, Lights and Lullabies’, a collaborative project that included the creation of a brand new children’s book and cycling event that was to be produced to celebrate the 2021 Sandbach Transport Festival.

Unfortunately, due to covid restrictions, the Festival itself could not proceed so the decision was taken to have a cycle parade that would take place in the evening when the Transport Festival would have occurred.

This was also preceded by a children’s book – that included several Sandbach landmarks – that outlined a story about a retired truck driver who was looking to ride a bike for the very first time and was mentored by a young girl with daredevil ways!

A great deal of detail and thought went into the illustrations including checking the moon phase for this image above matched that of the day of the event!

A team approach…
An author was hired to write the story and a group of young producers from Sandbach were enlisted to help keep the content more current. I was asked initially to mentor the producers and to help them formulate ideas, but due to time restrictions, it I did the illustration and design work with their guidance and creative input.

Where possible, local Sandbach shops and landmarks were used  as a backdrop

Working with these young people proved to be a very rewarding experience and their enthusiasm and input was invaluable.

After several meetings with them, the author their co-ordinator Emily Edwards and other members of the collaborative team (please see the list below), we formulated an approach and firmed-up the editorial and visual content.

It was decided early in the project that the historic Sandbach Crosses must be included to tie the book into the town

I used my printing contacts to get the book published and it was distributed on time to a predetermined route in Sandbach.

The project was very fulfilling as it encompassed a wide range of ages and backgrounds and I would welcome the chance to participate again.

The Famous Foden’s Band was also mentioned in the book

The Chuck the Trucker Team:
Claire Bigley: Programme Manager
Jodie Gibson: Artistic Director
Alice Lapworth: Production Manager
Siobhan Noble: Marketing
Phil Holmes: Website

Minerva Arts and Sandbach Young Producers
The Young Producers are all between the ages of 14-18
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Emily Edwards: SpareParts Participation Co-ordinator
Steph Meskell-Brocken: Artistic Director of Minerva Arts

Luke Jerram: Lullaby (parade)
Matthew Smith: Writer of Chuck the Trucker
Carl Waine: Designer and Illustrator of Chuck the Trucker;
(Illustrations © Carl Waine/Firefly Design Services)
Leo Mercer, Stephen Hyde, Daniel Mawson and Sam Gee:
Sleep Now for Sandbach Community Choir
Performers in the Parade
Dave Carlos: Chuck
Clairey Beerjeraz: Jade

Phil’s Sweet Shop was very important to the Young Producers and was just one small example why their local and age-related knowledge was so important

The Cyclists, Marshall’s and event support who have gave their time, energy and enthusiasm to make the bicycle parade a success. The event could not have done it without them.

The many partners and funders of Legends, Lights and Lullabies’:
• SpareParts
• Minerva Arts
• Sandbach Transport Festival
• Cheshire East Council
• Arts Council England
• Fleetwood Festival of Transport.



For more information regarding any of my design and illustration services, please contact me today:

Phone: Carl Waine on 07870 566890