20/06/2015

Wilts and Dorset Centenary photo special - part 2

Sunday 14th June 2015 saw Wilts and Dorset hold their big centenary celebration in Salisbury, the event saw over 60 vintage and modern buses in attendance, around 50 of which were used on a network of free local bus services around the town allowing passengers to take a trip down memory lane, others buses were on static display in the Market Square where bus memorabilia stands, catering and family fun day activities including old fashioned games, a bouncy castle and face painting could be found.

Our regular correspondent David Bell made the long journey South to attend the event and has sent us a superb selection of photographs showing a selection of the fascinating vehicles in attendance, this is the second part and includes five fantastic Bristols - enjoy!

Wilts and Dorset centenary pt2 (c) David Bell
We'll start this part as we did the last, with an open topper, Mendip Mole Bristol VR BJG 674V was new as a closed top vehicle to East Kent in 1980, it later passed to Dave Atkins in 2000 and was converted to open top for use on The Canterbury Tour (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset centenary pt2 (c) David Bell
Another Bristol VR at the event was this Wilts and Dorset liveried example, KRU 848W also dates from 1980 and was new to Hants and Dorset (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset centenary pt2 (c) David Bell
The first of three half cabs now, seen here is Bristol L6B EMW 284, this bus dates from way back in 1947 although it wasn't fitted with a body until two years later in 1949 when it entered service with Wilts and Dorset (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset centenary pt2 (c) David Bell
The penultimate photo in this feature shows Wilts and Dorset Bristol K5G HWV 294, this bus entered service in 1952 (c) David Bell.

Wilts and Dorset centenary pt2 (c) David Bell
We finish with this smart Bristol LD6G Lodekka, OHR 919 was new to Wilts and Dorset in 1956 (c) David Bell.

Once again many thanks to David for the photos included in this feature.