25/10/2014

Looking back... A coach park by the sea - part 1

In a new two part Looking back... feature we are taking another trip back to the seventies where our regular correspondent David Bell shares a selection of photographs he took at Hunstanton coach park towards the end of that decade.

David reports: "These date from 1978 when the coach park was adjacent to the sea. On the first shot showing the Elseys coach you can just see the pier on the left hand side which of course blew down in the January 1979 storm. It was a very cramped site also occupied by the Harlequin Bar which was demolished in the 1980s. The coach park has moved about quite a bit in Hunstanton - at one time it was on the site now occupied by Tesco."

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 1)
First up we have Elseys Duple bodied Ford R192 XPV 781L, this coach which has featured on the blog in the past dates from 1972 and is seen whilst operating an excursion for the Spalding branch of the Royal British Legion (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 1)
Next is this smart Shelton Orsborn Plaxton bodied Leland Leopard HVA 310N, this coach dates from 1975, a sign for the coach park can be seen on the bottom left whilst an advertisement for the Princess Theatre is present on the building on the right (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 1)
Here we have a smart pair of vehicles from long established Whippet Coaches, on the left is Plaxton bodied Bedford VAL AEG 564J whilst on the right is Plaxton bodied Bedford YRT REG 602M - both coaches were purchased new by this operator in 1970 and 1973 respectively (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 1)
The penultimate photo in this part shows a vehicle from the well known Canhams of Whittlesea fleet, Duple bodied Ford FPN 131C dates from 1965 (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 1)
We finish this part with another familiar operator - Duncan's of Sawtry, seen here is their smart Plaxton Supreme IV bodied AEC Reliance YEW 380T, new in 1978, the year this photo was taken (c) David Bell.

Look out for the second part of this feature - coming soon!