Vintage bus takes pupils back in time

ALL ABOARD ... Ridgeway Primary School pupils enjoying  the Stagecoach bus tour.
ALL ABOARD ... Ridgeway Primary School pupils enjoying the Stagecoach bus tour.

PUPILS in East Shields thought a trip on a vintage bus was just the ticket.

Youngsters from Ridgeway Primary School in Cleadon Park had the chance to ride the number 140, a 50–year–old Daimler bus.

Workers at bus company Stagecoach visited the Park Avenue school to tie in with National Customer Service Week.

The children were taken for a ride along the coast before each being handed a goodie bag.

Aleesha Ash, a Year 5 student, said: “The bus was good fun. We went to the beach and saw the waves crashing and when we came back to the school we got a little bag with pens and things in. ”

Bus 140 came into service in South Shields on April 30 1964 until April 1977. The fleet of Daimler motor buses were bought to replace the trolley buses which ended their service in South Shields on April 29 1964.

Brian Sleightholme, operations manager for Stagecoach in South Shields said: “We were delighted to take children and teachers from schools across South Shields on a tour of the area as part of National Customer Service Week.

“There were some great points of interest for the children along the South Shields and Seaburn coastline, including Souter Lighthouse. The children had a great time in an old-style vintage bus.”

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