A great big "thank you" to everyone (almost a thousand people!) who supported our Autumn open Day on 13th November. We had so many visiting buses that we ended up overflowing from our parking area to over 100 yards down Havelock Street.
In spite of several of our most skilled volunteers being struck down by seasonal illnesses, and in spite of a few booked vehicles having to drop out, the additional support was so tremendous that we operated every scheduled mile and ended up with a spare bus that never got used!
We even lent a bus and crew to the British Legion for their Remembrance Parade from Dewsbury Minster, and during the afternoon we gave a group of disabled children a free afternoon out on another bus.
The museum cafe did a roaring trade, the staff had to go out twice for more supplies! The raffle and tombola were very popular, as were all the trade stands in the building.
The "Mad Mile Thrash" - a daring new adventure - proved so popular that we had to replace one of the coaches with a Merseybus double-decker! Around 200 people came along for this. We even heard that a visiting group intend to include a "thrash" at their event next year!
Facebook, and various other sites, are carrying some very favourable comments. In particular, we have noticed members of the public taking the time to send us messages praising the friendliness of our volunteers, and the smartness of our new green hi-viz jackets.
Now, it's time for us to take a deep breath, enjoy the Christmas break and start
work on the SPRING OPEN DAY. We start the new season on Sunday
12th March 2017, with even more new ideas, and a few "new" buses.
The volunteers at Dewsbury Bus Museum wish all our friends, visitors and
supporters a great Christmas, and a Happy New Year!
(Click on the mistletoe above these elfs, and see what happens!)