Vintages buses from years gone by stop off in Whittlesey for the Fenland BusFest

Vintage buses and coaches took over Whittlesey and could be seen across the Fens at the Fenland BusF

Vintage buses and coaches took over Whittlesey and could be seen across the Fens at the Fenland BusFest. - Credit: Archant

There’s a saying that if you wait for a bus, two often come along at once, but residents in Whittlesey were surprised to see over 40 turn up as part of the Fenland BusFest.

Dozens of vehicles, spanning from as far back as the 1930s, parked up in Market Street last Saturday – including the legendary Service 701 which ran from Whittlesey to Peterborough for over 80 years.

The event, which attracted vehicles from as far away as Yorkshire and Birmingham, was supported by several local operators and concluded with a convoy from Whittlesey to Peterborough.

Funds were raised for good causes during the festival, including Peterborough Soup Kitchen and organisers, locally based Eastern Bus Enthusiasts (EBE), hoped the event would help foster interest in old vehicles preserved in Cambridgeshire.

Spokesman Nick Larkin said: “It was a great event which brought hundreds of people into Fenland and will hopefully help put the area on the map.


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“We are very grateful to everyone locally who has supported the event in any way. It will definitely be back next year.”

Mr Larkin also appealed to the public for places to store the historic vehicles.

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He said: “We keep rescuing historic vehicles and obviously these need to be kept somewhere. We are in negotiations over one building but urgently need more accommodation.

“We are not expecting something for nothing but if anyone has a building or other undercover storage at a reasonable price we would be delighted to hear from them.”

Anyone who is able to help should call Nick on 01733 347776.

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