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J H Hammel of Stanley, one of the operators of the Diamond Bus Service, owned UPT329K, a Bedford YRQ with Willowbrook B47F bodywork which was new in 1972. Here it is seen climbing out of Durham on its way to Stanley.
By this stage J H Hammell and J S Mowbray were the only remaining members of a group which at one time consisted of nine members. At the start of the 1960s Carr, Gillingham, J H Hammel, Logan and Mowbray operated the Durham service whilst W Hammel and Mowbray operated between Stanley and Quaking Houses.
In 1961 J H Hammell acquired Carr, and Mowbray bought out Gillingham. The following year took over Logan's share leaving J H Hammel and Mowbray sharing the Durham service on a 50/50 basis and W Hammel and Mowbray with the same arrangement on the Quaking Houses service. When W Hammel surrendered his share of Quaking Houses to Mowbray in 1973 it left just the two operators, Mowbray on Quaking Houses and Mowbray and J H Hammel on Durham. Mowbray and J H Hammel also operated a single journey from Burnhope in to Durham in the morning and a return journey in the evening which effectively duplicated the Stanley service over the common section between Edmondsley and Durham. Duties on all the routes were exchanged weekly. When Mowbray decided to call it a day his share on Quakies (as its known locally) effectively went, not to Hammel, but to Star Travel (H Bola) of Dipton. Hammel, owned by the redoubtable Mrs Hammel and managed by her equally formidable daughter Geraldine, concentrated on the Durham service until finally selling to Go-Ahead on 30 December 1994.
Photo taken by Alan Hall, mid 1970s, North End, Durham
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