Beestons takes over John’s Tours

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John’s Tours proprietor retires after over half a century as a PCV driver

From the January 1, 2014, Beestons (Hadleigh) Limited has taken over the established coach business of John’s Tours of Stowmarket, Suffolk.

John’s Tours was founded by John Cresswell in April, 1990, as a family run business in Stowmarket, Suffolk. Over the years, the company has grown to be a well-established name in Stowmarket and has expanded to be known throughout East Anglia. In recent years the company has received recognition by receiving the official usage of the town crest to be displayed on all of its coaches.

John is now retiring, having achieved 52 years as a PCV driver. He passed his test with Mulley’s of Ixworth in 1952.

Beestons has taken on four vehicles, all of which are to be replaced. The company has also won one of John’s Tours’ school contracts.

Beestons is taking on John’s son Kevin Cresswell, who will operate outstanding tours, day excursions and private hires using a vehicle which is retaining the John’s Tours livery.

Tom Munson, Beestons Operations Director, said: “Further acquisitions within our operating territory are a possibility. We are looking to expand.”

Beestons of Hadleigh claims to be the oldest established, privately owned coach and bus company in the UK. It operates vehicles ranging in size from 33-seater coaches to 79-seater double-deck coaches, which are available for private hire, school transport and contract work.