Seven vintage buses travelled around Thanet yesterday (July 14) for an annual charity event.
The Thanet Vintage Bus Road Run features privately owned vintage buses with the aim of giving the owners the chance to show off their pride and joy and meet up. It also gives photography enthusiasts an opportunity to capture the old buses on their old routes.
The buses are free for people to ride but there are collections for local charities.
This year the bus run supported Cats In Crisis. The run started at Ramsgate Boating Pool and headed to Minnis Bay via Ramsgate, Broadstairs and Margate following the old 69 open top service. There is a lunch stop in Westgate, another stop in Minnis Bay and then the vehicles head back to Ramsgate.
A spokesman for the run said: “We had an absolutely brilliant time on the run and the weather was definitely on our side as our seven vintage buses travelled around Thanet.”
Wish I had known about this prior to the event rather than reading about it after. Brings back many memories.
Indeed – my 89 year old former East Kent bus driving uncle would have loved this . . .
Same comments as above, had no Idea this was happening, such a shame it was not advertised in advance.
I thought it was a later running 45!
We would have loved to gone on these buses , but didnt know anything about the event !
Well I saw the advert about the ‘Vintage Bus Run’ so I immediately decided that I wanted to go on one, which I did and throughly enjoyed it the day was great …. but we Didn’t have time to get an ice cream when we got ’Minnis Bay’ But they were running to a timetable as usual lol ????????
Oh I love a Regent V, I like to sit as far front as I can and listen to the gearbox whine ????
Those pics brought back some great memories, my father was an inspector with the then East Kent road car company.
For those who missed out on the Thanet run last Sunday you have another chance to enjoy a ride on some of these old buses on Saturday 31 August at Deal (Walmer). Friends of the East Kent (FotEK) are holding a rally on Walmer Green from 1000 to around 1600. Free bus rides on old East Kent buses as well as others. Details: https://friendsoftheeastkent.weebly.com/news-and-events.html