Take a ride back in time at celebration

One of Sheffield's first buses in 1913
One of Sheffield's first buses in 1913
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Thousands of people are expected to flock to Sheffield’s largest bus depot tomorrow – to celebrate 100 years of buses in the city.

First, South Yorkshire’s biggest bus operator, is opening the gates of its Olive Grove depot, off Heeley Bank Road, to the public between 11am and 4pm, for a fun day.

More than 40 vintage buses will be on display, with some providing rides as they shadow normal services.

Also available is a tour of the depot, including a ride through the bus wash, while history displays will be on show.

There is no entrance fee but all money raised at the event will be donated to the Sheffield Lord Mayor’s charity fund and Macmillan Cancer Support, First’s national charity.

Giles Fearnley, managing director of First’s UK Bus division, has a personal interest in the centenary.

Arthur Fearnley, his grandfather, was general manager for Sheffield Corporation Tramways from 1904 to 1936, during which the first bus services began.

He said: “It is exciting people are coming together to celebrate 100 years of motorbuses in Sheffield.

“The city has grown tremendously in the past century and buses have been at the forefront of this.

“Tomorrow’s event is open to all and we will also be putting on a bus connection to and from Rotherham Museum, to ensure enthusiasts can view a range of buses.”

Sheffield’s first motorbus service was launched by Sheffield Corporation Tramways between Broomhill and Lodge Moor in February 1913, to connect with trams.

An event was held at Sheffield Town Hall in February to mark the anniversary.

First has also painted two modern buses in former Sheffield Corporation colours. The buses, one in 1913 livery and one in 1960 livery, have been running on the 51 route to Lodge Moor,