Bumper day on the buses past and presentBy David Millward
April 10, 2012
Reading Transport will be opening the doors of its depot to the public once again this summer.
The bus company will be holding its fourth annual open day in Great Knollys Street on Sunday, July 1.
All profits from the day will go to the Duchess of Kent House Hospice which is the company’s chosen charity for the second year running.
An open top bus will provide a special shuttle service between the town centre and the depot where there will be a number of restored former Reading buses to explore.
Last year’s free event raised £3,120 for charity.
Organiser Jayne Forster said: “We are looking forward to another bumper day. A lot of people come for the behind-the-scenes tours.
“You can see the control room, take a tour of the workshop, have a look around buses past and present and even ride through the bus wash.
“But it’s not just about buses. We also have loads of games to play, including ‘buses and stairs’ which is our version of snakes and ladders.
“There will be food stalls including a barbecue, quizzes, tombolas, book and plant stalls and much, much more.”
Fellow organiser Gary Beecham added: “A lot of people are giving up their time to entertain everyone and raise lots of cash.
“We have even lined up a special visit from some guests from a galaxy far, far away.”