Jubilee bus tours enjoyed across the Horsham District

Chris Ashcroft and his son Alex at Hop Oast Park and Ride on Monday
Chris Ashcroft and his son Alex at Hop Oast Park and Ride on Monday
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The vintage Diamond Jubilee bus routes resurrected across the district on Monday were a resounding success.

Chris Pearce from Southdown Historic Vehicles spent a year organising the event, which brought together 30 buses which used to serve the South Downs.

Chris Pearce from South Downs Historic Vehicles (centre) with conductors (L-R) Dave Norgrove and Ron Collins

Chris Pearce from South Downs Historic Vehicles (centre) with conductors (L-R) Dave Norgrove and Ron Collins

Retired conductors came together to run hourly services to villages from Horsham town centre and an open top bus ride also ran in the areas around the town bringing people in to enjoy Monday’s Jubilee Tea Party.

He said: “He said: “It’s been brilliant. We’ve had people come as far as Essex. It’s the most ever vintage buses in one place since the routes stopped in 1985.

“Retired conductor Derek Newman who drove for 45 years has come back to drive a 1956 Leyland PD2/12.

“Every bus here is celebrating a decade of the Queen’s reign from the 1950s to the brand new 2012 buses.

“People have been volunteering their time and buses and we have been overwhelmed by the help we have received.”

At Hop Oast Park and Ride, where all the buses stopped, Colin Ashcroft, 38, was selling model buses with his 10-year-old son Alex.