IN PICTURES: Crosville Motorservices give final send off to two Weston routes

PUBLISHED: 11:00 27 April 2018

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display. John Hitchings on board a 1955 Bristol KSW.

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display. John Hitchings on board a 1955 Bristol KSW.

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Vintage buses took over Weston's Beach Lawns on Saturday to mark the end of an era for one company.

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display. Four-year-old Evie trying her hand at bus driving.Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display. Four-year-old Evie trying her hand at bus driving.

Crosville Motor Services thanked customers for their support by hosting a vintage day on Saturday.

The family-run firm announced in March it was scrapping its bus and school transport routes across the Weston area, due to fierce competition and falling passenger numbers.

Saturday was the last day of operation for the 100 service to Sand Bay and the 106 service to Worlebury Woods.

The bus company’s heritage fleet ran the routes one last time before stopping on the seafront greens offering people the chance to climb onboard and meet the bus conductors.

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display, owner Jonathan Jones-Pratt with his daughter Ellie-May.Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display, owner Jonathan Jones-Pratt with his daughter Ellie-May.

The sentinel steam bus Elizabeth and road locomotive Gigantic also made a special guest appearance.

Money raised from the day will be donated to a charity chosen by the public.

JJP Holdings SW ltd chairman, Jonathan Jones-Pratt, said: The day was very well attended and was blessed with wonderful weather, we had more than 25 static vehicles on display along with vintage rides been offered around the town.

“It was a very sad day which recognised the last day for Crosville on its town services but it was also a celebration of the time spent serving the town, the last run through Sand Bay saw the village out clapping and cheering which was very touching.

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.

“Following the success and the excellent feedback received, we are now in talks with North Somerset Council and are considering making our vintage bus and steam rally a regular fixture for the town each year.

“I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of JJP Holdings South West Ltd to say thank you for the support over the years to our town as well as all of the kind comments received on the last running day.

“We are pleased to announce £570 has been raised through the special event which will be donated to a local charity shortly.”

Managing director of Crosville Motor Services LTD John Wye said: “The last day symbolised the close family of people and community we have enjoyed serving for many years.

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.

“We are very pleased the day went so well and that we have been able to support the day through a charity donation frame work.

“Special thanks go to North Somerset Council for their support with the event and of course all of our staff who put on a wonderful day for Weston and its visitors.”

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.

Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.Weston Beach lawns, vintage buses from the Crosville collection on display to mark the end of the service in Weston.

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