Fun trip on vintage buses is just the ticket

A VINTAGE bus company has doubled its fleet after proving a major hit since hitting the road just 18 months ago.

Saddleworth Vintage Bus Tours, run by two local businessmen, started life offering trips around the area’s villages in a 1938 red and white Bristol L5G single decker. 

Now after a soar in popularity, a double deck bus has been brought in and is eagerly booked up for weddings, parties, school proms and tours of the East Lancashire Railway.

The owners explained: “Saddleworth Vintage Tours offers a unique experience for anyone to learn about the villages and take in the area’s heritage.

“It also offers an exciting alternative for the proms and weddings, in which it has been so popular. It’s great for sunny weekends.

“A trip on board either of these vintage vehicles will suit any age, bringing a sense of history and nostalgia and giving you something both special and memorable.”

The single deck bus, which holds up to 35 people and is named Annie, operated around Oldham and Manchester until it became part of a private collection in the 1970s.

Now restored and returned to its roots, it still has many original features intact, including paintwork and driving functionality.

Last month it carried out a very special trip after collecting 99-year-old Una Hopkinson, of Uppermill, pictured here with friends Janet Coles and Mark Rose, and gave her a spin around the village to her favourite café, Saints.

The double decker – a 1945 Daimler CDV6 named Jenny which takes up to 56 passengers – was previously in service with Derby Corporation Transport and then privately owned.

Visit the website for more details about the tours and events: www.saddleworthvintagebustours.co.uk or for enquiries call 01457 871845

The next trip to East Lancashire Railway at Bolton is on Wednesday, August 14, offering a trip on a heritage bus to the railway, a train journey and entrance to the Bury Transport Museum. Adults £25, children (under 16) £19, concessions £22.

 

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