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RAR690J a Bedford VAL70 with C51F Van Hool Vistadome bodywork new 24/8/70 is seen here when in the ownership of Bernard Reilly, t/a Maghull Coaches of Bootle and is already featured on SCT61 when it was with Arlington Motor Company of Potters Bar.
Seemingly Van Hool built only two bodies on Bedford VAL70 chassis; the other being a mobile exhibition unit for George Kent Group that wore plates KNT1 and later MXE667K. A photo of this is at https://www.flickr.com/photos/55286387@N05/22803639501 .
RAR690J passed to Boultons Coaches of Clive, Shropshire in the mid-1970s, before they moved to new premises at Cardington in 1986. It was repainted to cream with large red fleetnames and was offered for sale in 1991, when it passed to Emery of Chase Terrace, Burntwood, t/a Val's Classic Coaches. It then wore a light yellow livery with advertising for Norton Motor/Norvil Motorcycle Co, but was later repainted to its original blue/black colours. It passed to Maghull Coaches in 11/05 and was repainted to the cream/red livery in this photograph before being offered for sale in 2014 at £10,000.
The asking price was reduced before it eventually passed in 11/17 to Reverend Trevor Cockings, a former director at Exodus Coach Company, who now operates as 'His Church'. The business has a storage area at the former RAF base at Binbrook, Lincolnshire and raises funds and collects supplies for export, mainly to Liberia.
Several buses and coaches have been collected by the organisation, reportedly including JJD571D-RML2571, VDV752-Bristol LDL6G, DMT776V-Volvo B58, E965JAR-Metrobus and K545EHE-Scania K113.
It is thought that at least one of the buses has been exported to Liberia, but others appear to be in Reverend Cockings private ownership.
Photo taken by Peter Hadfield, Sunday 4 September 2016, Heaton Park, Manchester
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