AEC Regent and Prince star at event

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[/wlm_nonmember][wlm_ismember] HRH Prince Charles and a 1957 AEC Regent V double-decker were among the stars at the official opening of Exeter’s new bus station. The Devon General Omnibus Trust’s Regent VDV 817 was present at the ceremony on ceremony 19 July, having in 1964 been the first entrant into the bus station now being replaced.

Peter Murnaghan, DGOT’s chairman, said: “We were delighted to be asked by Stagecoach South West to provide 817, and even more pleased to discover on the day that it was for a royal event. Our volunteers did a grand job in preparing the bus and its classic Devon General livery certainly sparkled in the sunshine. It was fitting for 817 to be present.”

The bus worked on Exeter city services until withdrawal in 1971 and joined the Trust’s collection four years ago.

The Prince meets the Regent. DEVON GENERAL OMNIBUS TRUST