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Thursday, 23 October 2014

Reunion journey

CORPORATION double-decker buses became a fixture of post-war Barrow and the bus depot featured in an advertising slogan for a media campaign for Chewits sweets, so it’s not surprising that former employees had plenty to talk about at Thursday night’s reunion.

Clippies, drivers and depot staff of Barrow Borough Transport and Barrow Corporation Transport relived the old days by hopping on board a classic double-decker for a journey around Barrow and Walney before stopping at Barrow Engineers’ Club for a party.

“All the older ones were fighting to get on the top deck,” said organiser Diana Burns, whose parents Geoff and Elizabeth Hoyland were a driver and clippie respectively.

The oldest former employee was 92 and a number of ex-colleagues got up and spoke about their memories during the reunion.

There was also a slideshow featuring personal photos the attendees had submitted.

“A lot brought in old photos and memorabilia, including an old clippie machine, and 11 pence and 33 pence tickets,” said Diana.

“There were a lot of tears, but happy tears of seeing each other again.”

The reunion raised £367.20 for St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston.

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