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217HUM was a direct sale by Wallace Arnold to Independent Coachways of Horsforth in April 1974. It retained its livery and as such was on a sub-hire arrangement for the summer season back to WA, when they required additional vehicles. Pictured here at Chester Zoo on an excursion from Pudsey and Leeds.
One duty that it regularly appeared on was their Great Yarmouth overnight run setting off from West Yorkshire with pick-ups mid evening on Friday and returning the following morning. I was a regular driver on it along with a colleague who 'sort of volunteered' for the run for most of the season. As such we searched for back B roads to miss the traffic jams on the return journey. Norfolk residents meandering their country roads were amazed to see this 'flying banana' comfronting them on narrow lanes!
On return to the Horsforth depot the two weary drivers would try to wind down with a pint in Independent's local pub and exchange tales with other returning off-duty drivers who had enjoyed a less harduous duty that day. Then off home to crash out for the rest of the weekend - Sunday did not exist in our diaries - and ruined our love-lifes!
Withdrawn in November 1974, 217 was sold to West Wales Motor Services of Ammanford. Before entering service they converted it to front entrance and was later purchased by Eynons of Trimsaran for further service.
Photo taken by Barry Rennison, Monday 15 April 1974, Chester Zoo Coach Park
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