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Grenville Motors of Troon operated 773PRL, a Bedford SB5 with Willowbrook B42F bodywork, which had been new to Oxford of Falmouth (one of the operators on the Falmouth-Penryn circular service) in December 1962. It was acquired from Hocking of Penryn in 1968. Between 1967 and 1973 Grenville gradually acquired all the former operators on this service which became Grenville's most frequent, operating every twenty minutes on weekdays and every forty minutes on Sundays.
The direct Redruth to Portreath service along the valley floor was one of four which had come to Grenville in 1965 with the business of T W Mundy (Silver Queen) of Camborne. Tom Mundy's Silver Queen buses were well known for always being presented in an immaculate condition and also for squeezing improbable numbers of passengers onto the buses when requirements demanded.
Grenville Motors, which had been formed in September 1947, sold out themselves to Western National in March 1988.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, mid 1970s, Portreath Beach
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