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Bedlington & District 996CHN was new to United in May 1957 as BGS8 before general renumbering to GS8 in November 1964. It was a Bristol LL5G with ECW FB39C to the Queen Mary design but with bus seats. The chassis was extended and rebuilt from GHN991 an L5G with fleet number BLO191 later BG205, the body was 8ft wide hence broader than the chassis.
Like its nine companions it served its entire life at Scarborough for the sea front service.
Bedlington & District was - in spite of its name - based in living memory at Ashington, Northumberland and always had interesting buses in its contract fleet, mainly for the mining industry. Quite a few photos have survived as the buses at the depot could be photographed from the road.
996CHN was sold by United in June 1968 to one of their main disposal dealers, North of Sherburn-in-Elmet before returning deeper into United territory three months later at Service, Blyth to use the PSV Circle name, Service Coaches of Bebside as we knew it. B&D purchased it in December 1970 and my slide was taken during a quiet time on an Omnibus Society Northern Branch tour. I don't know the later scrapping details for this excellent vehicle.
Photo taken by Alan Walker, Sunday 13 June 1971, Widdrington, Northumberland
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