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Youngsters catch bus back in time

ON  BOARD ... bus conductor Barry Dobson, with pupils from Westoe Crown Primary School.

ON BOARD ... bus conductor Barry Dobson, with pupils from Westoe Crown Primary School.

YOUNGSTERS caught the bus back in time to find out what transport was like long before they were born.

Bus operators Stagecoach sent a vintage 1970s bus and a modern-day vehicle to Westoe Crown Primary School as part of its ‘Past and Present Tour’.

Year 1 pupils, at the school, in Sea Winnings Way, had the chance to hop on board and look at the difference between modern and ‘old-fashioned’ buses.

Diane Grant, key stage one leader at the school, said: “The children had been learning about houses and homes from the past, so this was a wonderful opportunity to see how people travelled around and how buses have changed over the years.

“They were quite amazed as many of them had never been on a double decker bus before.

“They couldn’t get their heads around the fact that the old double deckers could carry 63 people, while the more modern single deckers, can manage about 60.”

The children also compared the colours between the two vehicles, looked at the spaces which are now designated for wheelchairs and prams and got the chance to meet former bus conductor Barry Dobson.

Ms Grant said: “It was a novelty for them to see the stairs on the back of the bus and of course they’d never seen a bus conductor before either.”

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