Special event in Whittlesey will mark 90th anniversary of bus operator Morley’s

A SPECIAL event to mark the 90th anniversary of independent bus operator Morley’s of Whittlesey takes place next weekend.

Based at Whittlesey Market Place and the former Morley’s premises in the town, the event will include free rides on former Morley’s vehicles plus a host of visiting buses and coaches, many with Fenland connections.

A regular service will operate to Thorney with its historic abbey, museum and excellent teashop.

Morley’s former 701 service from Peterborough to Coates is now operated by Emblings/Judds of Guyhirn, which plans to use open top former Maidstone & District Bristol BR BKE 861T all day.

The route provides a direct service from Peterborough bus and rail stations to the event.

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There will also be a special journey to a ‘location of Morley’s interest’ as well as a trip to legendary Morley’s destination The Three Horseshoes, Turves.

Morley’s was set up by John Morley in 1922, when he bought a coach for �12. The company ceased trading in 2005.

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Nick Larkin, spokesman for organisers Eastern Bus Enthusiasts, said: “Morley’s was an independent operator of true character with a unique place in the community.

“A Morley’s 80 event 10 years ago proved a huge success so we’re staging Morley’s 90 as a tribute.”

Further entries for the rally are welcome. Contact Nick Larkin on 01733 347776 or 07950 643065 (e-mail nicklarkin721@bninternet.com) or Stephen Longmire on 07403 189098.

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