26/10/2014

Looking back... A coach park by the sea - part 2

In a the second part of our latest 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 2)
We'll start this part with an Eastern Counties Bristol FLF - DFE 171D, this vehicle was new to Lincolnshire Road Car in 1966 before passing to Eastern Counties in 1973, interestingly after withdrawal in 1982 it was used in a number of non PCV roles with various companies, it was eventually converted to open top in 1994 and was exported to Austria where it is still believed to survive as the Volx Theatre Caravan (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 2)
Next up is Duple bodied AEC Reliance CVA 812K seen operating for Howlett's of Quorn, Leicestershire. This 45 seater was new to Park, Hamilton in 1971 (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 2)
A pair of coaches from Leicester City Transport are seen here, on the left is Leyland Leopard VUB 404H which was new in 1971 whilst on the right is Duple bodied Ford R114 KAY 10N which dates from 1975 (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 2)
The penultimate photo in this part shows Sharps of Boston Duple bodied Bedford VAS5 AUB 930J, this was new to Shilton, Leeds in 1971 and after services with Sharpes passed to another local operator Hoggs of Boston (c) David Bell.

Hunstanton Coach Park 1978 (part 2)
We finish with this strange looking vehicle from the Canhams of Whittlesey fleet - Willowbrooke bodied Bedford YRQ WEB 955L, this was purchased new by Canhams under the rural bus grant scheme in 1972 (c) David Bell.

Many thanks to David for supplying the interesting selection of photographs used in this two part feature.