Vintage bus on display in Victoria Square
A VINTAGE bus wowed shoppers in Bolton’s Victoria Square as it celebrated its 50th birthday.
The Leyland Atlantean, in Bolton Corporation colours, was displayed by the Bolton Bus Preserv-ation Group at a fundraising event.
The bus, which had Great Lever signed as its destination, was in operation in Bolton between 1963 and 1981.
Aidan Anderson, a member of the group, said the bus “goes down a treat” with people, with many having memories of riding on similar vehicles when they were younger.
The bus was on display from 8am to 5pm, with all the money donated going toward the upkeep and restoration of the group’s historical buses.
“We have people say ‘we used to sit here’ or ‘I used to go to school on it’ and they love it,” said Mr Anderson, aged 42, from Tonge Moor. “We’ve got 20 members now in our group, a lot of whom used to work with buses or as mechanics.
“If you’ll pardon the expression, these events are a bit of a busman’s holiday for us.” The bus was the first in Bolton to be rear-engined and is one of five the preservation group has at its disposal.
Mr Anderson said the displays also say a lot about Bolton’s social history, with many of the group’s vehicles having carried workers to the town’s mills or pits.
He added: “The buses help re-jig people’s fond memories and also serve to chart the town’s history. Bolton Council are also very good and co-operative and I think they like the fact we provide an extra attraction for the town centre.”
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