Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Looking Back

As we seem to be in a quiet period with regards to news items I thought I would look back at some of my earlier photos taken about 8 or 9 years ago. Here's one above, taken outside my house when Derek Thompson and Chris Lediard called round with their Leyland PS1's. At the time I owned JRA 635 and on that particular day we were off to Hexham to take part in a transport event.
In those days I spent the rally season travelling extensively with JRA, seemingly visiting a rally almost every weekend.
Below is a picture taken at the Stagecoach Carlisle Open Day where JRA is accompanied by David Bowmen's AEC Barnaby bodied Regal and Derek Thompson's Plaxton bodied Leyland Leopard ex Tyne Valley Coaches.
On one occasion I was asked if I would provide free transport for a trip to the coast for a party of ex Mayors. At the time the rules were being changed regarding whether a town or city would have a Mayor and to commemorate the this all of the ex mayors from around the area were invited to a day out, part of which was to visit St Mary's lighthouse at Whitley Bay.
Here we see photographs taken on the day
One event that I have always supported is the Kirkby Stephen Rally and here's a picture taken one morning on the rally weekend, at the Cumbria Classic Coaches depot, showing JRA accompanied by ex Preston PS1 and ex Crosville Lodekker together with Steve Morris's AEC Regent which he had brought all the way from his Taunton base. The buses were due to take part in the free service between Kirkby Stephen and Brough.
 Below is a picture taken on the same morning, showing very youthful looking Will Hamer and Steve Morris standing  in front of 1966 AEC Regent V Ipswich Corporation DPV 65D and JRA 635
 All photos © David Gambles
More photos from my collection will follow in due course but tomorrow we will show photos of the current bus scene in the Somerset area taken by Ken Jones. Our FocusFlickr and Focus main website have been updated so please feel free to check them out.
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David Gambles

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