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Croft Nostalgia

Retro buses to provide free public transport to festival

The public will be able to travel to this weekend’s (4/5 August) big Croft Nostalgia event in a fleet of buses specially commissioned to commemorate the 100th anniversaries of three of the region’s major transport companies. It’s a century ago this year that United Automobiles (Darlington), OK Motor Services (Bishop Auckland) and Cumberland Motor Services (Carlisle and Lake District) were first formed. Combined they went on to provide some of the biggest bus services ever seen in the UK. Each still exists but under different ownership. Starting from 10.30am on both Saturday and Sunday, a dozen classic buses dating from the 1930s to 1970s and restored in period colours, will provide free* transport from Feethams, Darlington to Croft Circuit for public to enjoy the Nostalgia event. Buses will run every half hour. “These are buses that we all used to go to school or shopping on when cars were few and far between – they are synonymous with the nostalgia of the North East right across to Cumbria and I’m sure riding on one will bring back lots of fond memories for people. “Some of them will also be on static display in Darlington and all of them will also be on show at some point or other at Croft Circuit during the weekend,” commented Peter Elliott, a member of the North East Bus Preservation Trust which is donating some of the vehicles. Others are being supplied by the Newton Aycliffe & District Bus Preservation Society and private owners. Upon arrival at Croft Circuit visitors will be in a two-day treat of all things Forties, Fifties, Sixties and Seventies as music, fashion, food, military and motoring displays plus races for historic motor sport are all in action as the evocative sights, sounds and smells of yesteryear are excitingly recreated. A Battle of Britain Memorial Spitfire (Saturday) as well as Jet Provost and Isaacs/Hawker Fury stunt bi-plane (both Sunday) will also put on spectacular air displays in the skies above Croft. Admission to the event is FREE all weekend for accompanied children aged 15 and under with tickets for adults starting at £13 Saturday and £20 Sunday. For more information and latest news about the Croft Nostalgia event visit or call Croft Circuit on 01325 721815.Tags: