Crowds see classic buses in Ebbw Vale

Classic buses arrived in Ebbw Vale town centre for the day. Pictured are some of the single decker buses on Market Street. (8395721)

Classic buses arrived in Ebbw Vale town centre for the day. Pictured is a Classic single decker bus on Market Street. (8395723)

Classic buses arrived in Ebbw Vale town centre for the day. Pictured at the wheel of his Bristol VR Double Decker bus is Steve Paynter. (8395725)

Classic buses arrived in Ebbw Vale town centre for the day. Pictured is the upstairs mirror on the Bristol VR Double Decker bus. (8395727)

Classic buses arrived in Ebbw Vale town centre for the day. Pictured seated upstairs on the Bristol VR Double Decker bus is Danny Baines with his daughter Daisy aged 5 from Tredegar. (8395729)

Classic buses arrived in Ebbw Vale town centre for the day. Pictured are Honda Goldwing motorcycles proving a popular attraction with the children. (8395733)

Classic buses arrived in Ebbw Vale town centre for the day. Pictured at the controls of a Goldwing motorcycle is Ollie Windmill aged 3 from Ebbw Vale. (8395735)

First published in Gwent news

MORE than 1,000 people gathered in Ebbw Vale on Saturday for the third annual classic bus show in the town centre.

Double and single decker buses from across Gwent and South Wales from years gone by were on display for locals to explore on Saturday.

Despite the temperamental weather, the day was a success, with around 15 buses from Cardiff, Swansea and Cwmbran bus firms turning up to the event.

The oldest bus said to be dating back to 1945, named as a ‘Red and White Guy’ double decker by organiser Phil Edwards.

Mr Edwards said: was delighted with the success of the day and hopes it will become a week-long event next year to encourage people to visit the town.

“More than a thousand people of all ages have turned out to the event today (July 19),”. he said.

“The town is full- it is not a busy as it was last year because of the weather, but I am very pleased with the way it has gone.”

The free event featured a variety of entertainment including an owl sanctuary, Topper Dance Group where children aged between three and 14 performed in the town, along with Jaguar Dance Group.

The classic bus show also saw performances by the Ebbw Vale Male Choir, while the Ebbw Vale Camera Club and Arts Club also made an appearance.

“One bus has a radio control unit where people can speak to friends around the world and there is free bus and train rides for the children,” Mr Edwards added.

“There is also an art exhibition and craft stalls so there is plenty going on.

“The event is important for getting people into the town ad increasing the footfall.”

Anyone who would like to get involved next year should contact Phil Edwards by calling him on 07704537100.

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12:25pm Mon 21 Jul 14

davidcp says...

See - you wait long enough and 15 buses all come along at once.
See - you wait long enough and 15 buses all come along at once. davidcp
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