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Video and pictures: visitors flock to Stroud Vintage Bus show

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Dozens of vintage buses of all ages, shapes and sizes could be seen around the Stroud Valleys on Sunday.

Laurie Titheridge, along with her partner Adam Hall, organised Stroud Vintage Bus show which was held at Stroud College in Stratford Road.

Vintage Bus Rally 1 | Video and pictures: visitors flock to Stroud Vintage Bus show

“I’m so pleased, we had around 40 buses arrive – we had a couple of rain showers but generally the weather has been OK, said Laurie.

“The bus that stands out for me has to be my partner’s bus, the Bristol RE with the Badgerline livery. There are some really nice vehicles here this year, some different buses to the previous show.

Vintage Bus Rally 4 | Video and pictures: visitors flock to Stroud Vintage Bus show
Framed by Minchinhampton Market Place.

“We started running this show in 2019 – we picked up after eight or nine years when the show hadn’t taken place, so we thought ‘we’ll give it a go’.”

Amongst the buses was a 1970 Bristol RE LH bus, bought and maintained by the Stroud RE group. Its appearance at Sunday’s show marked the end of a long period of restoration.

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Members of the Stroud RE Group: Lucy and Mike Ede, Jon Allbon, Tony Hill and Andy Powis with the restored 1970 Bristol RE bus.

“It’s been totally rebuilt two or three times and repainted in its original colour,” said Mike Ede, one of the original members of the Stroud RE Group which was formed in the 1990s. On Sunday the bus was used for trips from the college, including the climb from Brimscombe Corner to Minchinhampton which it tackled with ease. Mike Ede drove on the outward trip and his daughter Lucy took the wheel on the drive back to Stroud.

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Three generations of bus drivers: Mike Ede (left), his daughter Lucy and his father Brian have all driven buses professionally. Picture: Matt Bigwood.

Three generations of the Ede family have driven buses around Stroud – Mike; his father Brian Ede, and Lucy, who now works as a bus driver in Wakefield after passing her test in Stroud.

The bus saw service around Stroud from 1970 until 1991, and one of the drivers from that era, Bryan Owens, was at the show.

“I was a bus driver from 1969 to 1979 and again from 1984 to 1988, working for the Bristol Omnibus Company which ran services in Stroud, and later Stroud Valleys,” said Bryan.

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Bryan Owens drove buses around Stroud from 1969 to 1979 and 1984 to 1988.

See our gallery of photos by Ian Thomas, below:

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