A HUGE "THANK YOU" to everybody who helped to make our Silver Jubilee Open Day on 16th November such a success, by volunteering, providing buses or trade stands, sponsoring the programme or by simply turning up on the day.
We had 21 buses running in service (beating our previous record of 11), around 1000 visitors (beating our previous record of about 550) and so many static exhibits that it took five minutes just to walk along the line parked the full length of Havelock Street.
In the Museum itself we had a huge variety of visiting stalls and trade stands, and our "Cafe-on-a-bus" struggled to cope with the demand for tea and cakes!
Excursions were operated to Whiteley's Garden Centre and to Charlotte's Ice Cream Parlour. Even though the shuttle service frequency had been increased to 15 minutes, demand was so great that we ended up putting many extra buses on!
We are particularly grateful to First Leeds who lent us a "Borismaster" and Arriva for the use of a training bus for the cafe.
Over forty volunteers were on duty, and contrary to the normal convention of becoming quiet during the afternoon, this event was still selling admission programmes at 4 o'clock. We had to duplicate the last journey from Dewsbury, and almost an hour after the event finished and darkness had fallen, crowds of enthusiasts were still on the scene taking photographs.