Bus celebrations just the ticket in Sheffield

Just a few of the Vintage buses which could be found at the Olive Grove Bus bus depot open day on Saturday''12 May 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble
Just a few of the Vintage buses which could be found at the Olive Grove Bus bus depot open day on Saturday''12 May 2013'Image � Paul David Drabble
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Hundreds of transport buffs took a step back in time at a celebration to mark 100 years since bus services started in Sheffield.

Enthusiasts from across the country descended on Olive Grove in Lowfield, the city’s largest bus depot, for a day of festivities.

More than 40 vintage buses were on display, some available for rides as they shadowed normal services, along with a tour of the depot and a fun ride through the bus wash.

Entrance to the event was free, but donations were taken for the Lord Mayor’s charity fund and Macmillan Cancer Support.

Delights on offer for transport fans included a green 1974 Bristol AE bus, which ran between Sheffield, Chesterfield and Mansfield, and a 1975 Bristol VR vehicle which once saw service with Midland General.

Olive Grove, off Heeley Bank Road, is the depot for bus firm First UK – and Giles Fearnley, the company’s managing director, had a personal interest in the centenary celebrations, as his grandfather Arthur Fearnley, was general manager for Sheffield Corporation Tramways from 1904 to 1936.

He said the fun day was ‘very exciting’, adding: “Sheffield has grown tremendously in the past century and buses have been at the forefront of this development.”

A bus connection was also laid on to the South Yorkshire Transport Museum in Rotherham, where more restored vehicles were on show.

David Young, from South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive, said: “It is wonderful to look at how bus travel has developed. While much has changed in the last 100 years I firmly believe it has never been a better time to travel by bus.”