A wholesome video has emerged of a brass band serenading gridlocked motorists who were brought to a standstill on the M6 last week.

The footage shows around 40 people on the M6, near Preston, applauding the plucky performers as they blast out tunes while stuck in traffic.

This was after a vehicle fire brought traffic to a standstill on Friday, July 29.

Cars were completely halted on the road following a massive lorry blaze, leading to huge tailbacks as fire crews performed a “complex recovery operation”.

During their lengthy wait, drivers amused themselves by playing table football and organising parties in the middle of the usually busy three-lane motorway.

A spokesperson for National Highways agency confirmed the reason for blockage, which was finally cleared at around 8.30pm after the incident initially began at midday.

They said on Twitter: “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.”

There is also some travel disruption on the M6 today (1 August).

At around midday, National Highways warned motorists of long delays and miles of congestion on the M6 northbound.

This is due to a car fire which has blocked the motorway in Lancashire between junctions 32, for the M55, and junction 33 for Lancaster.