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Taken on a boiling hot day trip to the Isles of Scilly is the c.1936/7 Bedford OB/OWB of Vic's Tours. The driver is the curly haired man in the picture and he had stopped at "Motorway Services" (his description!).
The bus was clearly a very early model of the OB series and was extremely slow but had the most wonderful first/second gear whine. Also it sported a genuine Klaxon horn which the driver used at every corner. He also told us that it didn't have number plates, road tax or insurance but it didn't need any as it never got above 20 mph! Look carefully and you will see that the radiator was boiling and leaking well so had just been filled from a watering can carried in the boot! It was a wonderful day and the air was filled with the scent of flowers and also of the fruity tobacco aroma from a pipe being enjoyed by one of the passengers. At the time the current "hit" was "Monday, Monday" by the Mamas and Papas so, whenever I hear that tune I'm right back on that poor old Bedford on that memorable day. Neither my parents nor I are in the picture but the tour was part of a day trip from St.Ives. We got a Steven's Tours coach from the harbour garage which took us to Penzance. Then a crossing on the Scilliona to St. Mary's. Next the Vic's tour around St. Mary's then a boat trip to Tresco. It was up in the 90's on that day but wonderful and the cost?..29/6d each or £1.49 for you youngsters! It was 2002 before I was next on the Islands but there was no trace of the bus nor anyone who could remember that exact one but I was told it had gone to the Manchester Bus Museum however it seems that it was a different vehicle that was preserved. I guess this one ended it's days in a watery grave as the driver did tell us that when cars were no longer any good, they pushed them over a cliff on the south side of the island behind St. Mary's town! Anyone fancy a dive to check for restoration possibilities..it might still be there!
Photo taken by Harry Leaman, Wednesday 29 June 1966, St. Mary's, Isles of Scilly
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