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Southern Vectis 313, JDL762, was an early Bristol LS6B coach with ECW C39F body new in March 1954 which spent most of its life on the Isle of Wight.
It was the sole coach bought that year, though it followed 308-12. similar JDL7## LS6G/6Bs bought in 1953. A wedding party had good taste in choosing it exactly ten years later. The parish church of St Thomas in Newport, built in 1854, still stands elegantly in 2017 but buses now have expanded provision in redevelopment nearby, judging from a recent revisit.
Although it had a spell with the THC Shamrock & Rambler (Fountain Coaches) fleet at Cowes in December 1968, that fleet was merged back into Southern Vectis seven months later but JDL762 wasn't reused and passed to Stacey (Hylton Castle Motors) of Sunderland, who ran it from August 1969 to July 1972. Adjacent is 842, HDL286, a Bristol LL5G / ECW B39R which served from March 1952 to October 1966.
This may be the first bus photograph with myself present, on first holiday away from parents. Under influence of my Uncle Norman and late father I was taken on trains, buses, trams and ferries from the northeast to Thurso, Fraserburgh, Glasgow, Oxenholme, Paddock Wood, London, Lymington and the Isle of Wight whilst still at primary school, so I didn't stand a chance of resisting. My own photos on this day were purely railway, buses didn't feature for another five months.
Photo taken by the late Norman J Lythgoe, courtesy Alan N Walker, Saturday 28 March 1964, Newport Bus Station, Isle of Wight
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