Speaker Meeting 7th April

The members of the Rotary Club of Church Wilne welcomed Peter Hammond to their speaker meeting on Monday 7th April at the Royal Oak in Ockbrook.

Peter Hammond (left) with Junior Vice Tony Beenham who chaired this club meeting

Peter's talk was "On the Buses" - and remembering trolley buses, back enders and clippies

Peter in his introduction spoke about his childhood memories and in particular going to school on the bus from the age of seven. He was also both a bus conductor and a bus driver for the Nottingham City Transport having joined the South Notts bus company at Gotham in 1980. He really enjoyed those early years as a bus conductor before driving for 4 years before becoming part-time when joining a local museum. He has also driven for Barton's from 1991 to the late 90s and more recently Silverdale coaches.

The main part of the talk was in the form of a slide show accompanied by Peter's very entertaining commentary. The slides included the history of our buses over the past 100 years including the trams and trolley buses. 1957 was the Diamond Jubilee of Nottingham buses and 1966 saw the last trolley bus in Nottingham.

Other buses covered included the Trent Motor Traction in the 1920's, Lamcote coaches, the Barton Glider, Midland General, South Notts Bus company and Gash's of Newark.

Another surprising fact was the amount of Nottingham City Transport buses that can still be seen in one guise or another at various locations around the country. They are to be found as far a field as Stratford and Edinburgh, to name but two of the many cities that our old buses still operate in

Peter signed off by saying "Ding Dong – Hold tight Please"

The Club's vote of thanks was given by Mick White who said it stirred his memories in more ways than one including those long coach trips to Skegness as a child.


31st March 2014

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