I attended the event with my pal and all round good egg Tim Miller, and after a few hellos to some friends we caught Ipswich's own Eastern Counties liveried Volvo B7tl VA479 AU53 HJV. Alighting at Castle Meadow to allow others to get on we retired to a local eatery for lunch and natter.
|VA479 in Castle Meadow with Chris Speed driving and Thing from Addams Family riding shotgun|
|VA479 reminiscing of past times, although how often she was ever on the 23 I don't know.|
|RML 2480 in Castle Mall with that man Speed driving again!|
|The sign greeting the staff every day.|
|The rather spacious rear of 33159|
|The reconditioned engine waiting to go into 33159|
|Viv Carter's Bristol VR JNG 50N stealing the show last week.|
What was even better was people coming up to me complimenting the blog. John D in particular deserves a mention as he has supported and encouraged me from the start, and it was great to meet you in person at last, John. If I'm perfectly honest I didn't go last week for the buses - Lord knows I'm on the blessed things all week, but to meet as many friends and new people as I could. There are times I wonder just how much point there is in doing this blog, or how much it's actually appreciated, and days like last week give me an injection of faith and renewed enthusiasm, as I hope you've noticed from the increased post output in the last week.
Thanks to all the organisers, the bus owners and drivers for turning up, the thousands of people who attended, the weather for staying dry - had it been a week later with trees hurtlng across the county and hailstorms it would have been very dfferent. A great success, higly enjoyable and can we do it again next year please - this time with a Yarmouth Ollie, Chris!!! Oh ok one last pic of the Routemaster in the sun! The only thing wrong is that it's not still on the streets of London