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Durham in Northumberland - 2420, 2920HN, was a late-life transfer to the latter and is seen five minutes out on its journey from Whitley Bay Bus Station.
Its traditional United livery belies its transfer from green Durham District Services (DDS) on 14 July 1968. The Bristol MW5G with ECW DP41F body was new there as DBE20 in May 1961, becoming DUE20 in a general change of November 1964 and 2420 in United numeric series in January 1969.
The dual-purpose MW survived with coach seats intact until withdrawal in November 1975, a period of mass MW disposals as bus grant vehicles arrived.
It almost made it into Malcolm Pelling's latest excellent gallery "Don't Ask....". As former local I was sure that Castle Park must be part of Morpeth, however after some time on Ecosia search engine I'm now convinced it's only about three miles from the photo as established estate in Backworth. This implies a Whitley Bay depot roster, but not necessarily any fortifications or pleasure garden at the destination!

Photo taken by Alan Walker, Thursday 5 April 1973, Marine Avenue, Whitley Bay, adjacent to Monkseaton Station overbridge

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