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Alan’s 2015 Volvo B11R 9700 is a classy coach. ALAN PAYLING

Alan Payling meets up with Alan Davies, owner of Alan Davies Travel of West Bromwich, and finds an owner-operator who has been on the road for over 50 years, as both man and boy

If the industry wants to attract the new blood it so badly needs, one of the better ways is to perhaps start prospective candidates young, and the younger the better. Alan Davies, the owner-operator of Alan Davies Travel of West Bromwich discovered that he had coaching genes in his DNA while sitting on his father’s knee, metaphorically speaking, that is. Actually, it would have been a bit awkward sitting on his knee as his father was driving at the time, and driving a coach at that. So the young and very keen Alan had to sit next to and watch and learn from his father, Ray Davies, lessons that he still remembers and still applies to this day, over 50 years later.

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