03/02/2013

Looking back... Lockwoods Foods staff transport in the 1970/1980's - photo special!

For the latest in our Looking back... series we are focusing on Lockwoods Foods, who once ran a fleet buses on staff transport services from their factory in Long Sutton, Lincolnshire.

The photographs in this post were supplied by both Colin Apps and David Bell, they date from between 1977 & 1982.

David says: "Most of the photographs show buses operated by Lockwoods Foods (now known as Premier Foods) and some of the earlier ones were taken when the company was known as J.J Beulah. They had their own distinctive livery although as you can see some operated in the previous owner's colours. Thirty years or so ago when these photographs were taken it was commonplace for companies to provide buses for staff transport - Hale-Trent Cakes Lesney Models, Kraft Foods etc all had substantial fleets which nowadays with relatively high car ownership are not needed."

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (circa 1980) (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
An overview showing some of the buses parked at the Lockwoods Foods factory.

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (1977-82) (c) David Bell
© David Bell
A duo of former Eastern Counties buses, Bristol Lodekka 1121 PW on the left stands next to ECW bodied Bristol MW5G YBD 201 on the right

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (circa 1980) (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
An interesting line up showing two ex Bristol Omnibus Company ECW bodied Bristol MW5G's BHU 93/6C either side of ex Newcastle Corporation Alexander bodied Leyland Atlantean KBB 257D.

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (1977-82) (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Ex Brighton dual doored Leyland Panther Cub NUF 138G.

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (circa 1980) (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
Ex Trent Willowbrook bodied Leyland Leopard ECH 243C.

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (1977-82) (c) David Bell
© David Bell
Ex Southdown Harrington Crusader/Commer Avenger XUF 52.

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (circa 1980) (c) Colin Apps
© Colin Apps
Another view of ex Eastern Counties Bristol Lodekka 1121 PW looking in a rather dilapidated condition.

Lockwoods Foods staff transport, Long Sutton (1977-82) (c) David Bell
© David Bell
We finish with ex Western Welsh Park Royal bodied AEC Bridgemaster PBO 700, this bus later spent time with private owner Douglas Gray, Sedgeford.

Many thanks to Colin Apps and David Bell for the photographs and information used in this post.

Look out for more Looking back... photo specials - coming soon!