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Archived stories about the 500 Group - 2002-2005
The following stories are taken from deleted pages about previous 500 Group events and are here for reference
They give a flavour of what we did and the places we went to between 2002 and 2005
The Queens Jubilee 2002
The 500 Group celebrated the Queens Golden Jubilee in the traditional bus company fashion by adding the official Jubilee Logos to the upper deck panels of their Dennis Loline JDC599, they caused much comment and hundreds of photographs were taken as a result.
Right: No. 99 basks in the summer sun, complete with the Queens Golden Jubilee logos. The occasion was the Sandtoft Gathering
Celebrating the birthday of Captain James Cook
We were invited to take the Loline No. 99 to the celebrations to commemorate the birthday of Captain James Cook on the 27th October 2002
Four members made the journey to Middlesbrough’s Stewarts Park on an extremely wet and windy Sunday afternoon to display the bus. It certainly was a central attraction, if only for people to shelter from the driving rain.
We had a lot of interested visitors who reminisced about the Middlesbrough days and viewed the photograph frames with interest.
Right: ‘Duck’, Howard Dunn waits for his passengers to board
our 2004 Running Day
|Sunday 25th of April was the day selected for our fourth annual Teesside Vintage Bus Running Day
We couldn’t have selected a better day. The warm spring sunshine gave a Teesside welcome to over four hundred visitors who travelled from all over the North of England to Middlesbroughs impressive and unique Transporter Bridge. They had come to sample the classic buses which we had assembled for the day
We had eight buses to ride on and an ex Cleveland Transit Fleetline as our control vehicle. An illustrated program was available and a free ticket was issued to all who wanted to ride.
We had two routes which went to Stockton, with an interchange at Middlesbrough Bus Station Fifty eight movements passed through the bus station during the six hours that we operated. The team of inspectors had to keep the whole event rolling to a timetable.
We also ran a 'coach excursion' to Great Ayton and Stokesley in the fair North Riding of Yorkshire and there were stalls to browse for those who wanted to take a short brake. You could even cross the Tees on the gondola car of the Transporter Bridge, a 'first' for many of the visitors
It was great fun and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.
(Right) passengers enjoy a ride on the ex Tyne-Wear Transsport Atlantean/Alexander of the 680 Preservation Group
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