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A birthday tea party for the Old Girl

1 month ago Mon 23rd Sep 2019

Local people and visitors to the Isle of Wight gathered in Ryde this week, for a very special celebration as Southern Vectis hosted a party for its most famous bus, the Old Girl, to mark her 80th birthday. 

The special charity vintage tea party, in honour of the its most senior colleague, took place on Tuesday, with all proceeds going to the Royal British Legion. 

“With the distinction of being the oldest double deck bus in the UK still in service with her original owner, the Old Girl is a real favourite among the Southern Vectis team,” said Southern Vectis general manager, Richard Tyldsley.

“We’re proud to be her custodians - and thrilled that so many people turned out for the Old Girl’s birthday party.”

Guests enjoyed a vintage tea party before boarding the Old Girl for a tour across the surrounding area.

A brand new British-made Bristol 5KG, the Old Girl arrived on the Isle of Wight in July 1939 - 42 days before the start of World War II. She entered service as a standard double-decker, taking Islanders and visitors from A to B during six years of wartime and thereafter, just as Southern Vectis’ green buses do now. 

Now, the 80-year-old is available for private hire, attending all sorts of special occasions - from weddings, christenings, parties and sightseeing - she’s done them all. 

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