All aboard for a trip down memory lane

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Memories of how we used to travel were brought back for hundreds of visitors to a display of Ribble buses on Sunday at Lytham Hall.

Vehicles from the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust’s collection, dating from the 1930s to the 1970s were on display, with free bus trips given to to members of the public around Lytham.

ON THE BUSES: Members enjoy travelling on the of the coaches.

ON THE BUSES: Members enjoy travelling on the of the coaches.

Trust treasurer Bill Robinson said: “It was a really good day, we had a lot of interest in the vehicles, with people sitting on board the buses, and enjoying trips on some of the later models.”

He added: “Our aim is to generate interest in the glory days of Ribble and to show the public what it was like travelling in the 1960s.

“We had a fantastic network of services compared to what we have now, and Ribble was one of the UK’s pre-eminent bus companies, covering at its peak an area from Merseyside to Carlisle.”

The Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust is a Charitable Trust based in Frenchwood dedicated to the preservation, restoration and operation of Ribble Group buses. More than 300 people hold memberships, with a core of around 20 volunteers regularly getting their sleeves dirty, working on the vehicles. The Trust has over 30 vehicles in its collection, including a 1933 Leyland Lion, and a 1935 Leyland Cheetah, with many others awaiting restoration.

The Trust is seeking new members, especially those with coach building experience. Anyone interested is asked to visit: www.rvpt.org or www.rvpt.co.uk