Trip down memory lane on vintage buses

classic buses in Eastbourne

classic buses in Eastbourne

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More than 1,200 people enjoyed free vintage bus rides in glorious sunshine last Sunday.

The annual Eastbourne running day event organised by Eastbourne Classic Bus and Country Bus Rallies is now in its seventh year.

This year marked the 110th anniversary of Eastbourne Buses and featured a special line-up of Eastbourne buses through the ages at Eastbourne Station.

There were frequent services running along the seafront and to Beachy Head, Birling Gap, Pevensey Bay and Hailsham operated by 25 buses.

The oldest bus operating the free service was new to Eastbourne Corporation in 1936 and made the journey all the way from Chepstow.

The majority of the buses at the event dated from the 1950s and 60s and are owned by private preservationists.

Local Bus operator Stagecoach also supported the event and provided one of their Heritage vehicles along with a modern bus which had been painted in a special livery to commemorate the 110th anniversary.

The main base was Eastbourne Railway Station and with Southern Railways allowing the use of the car park as a bus terminus.

Mayor Mike Thompson attended the event and said, “The Classic Bus rally provided the Mayoress and myself with trips down memory lane.

“A great crowd of enthusiasts used the buses all driven by owners who really do care for their buses. The rides were often bumpy and vehicles did not have power assisted steering. Our thanks to all concerned for so lovingly preserving our transport of yesteryear for the bus users of today to appreciate the buses so many of us used on a daily basis all those years ago.”

Sales of a souvenir programme have allowed the organisers to make a donation of £200 to East Sussex Disability Association.