Beside the seaside

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East Yorkshire 889 (BX55XLV) a 2005 Wrightbus Eclipse Gemini-bodied Volvo B7TL, pauses on Sandside in Scarborough’s South Bay. JOHN GELSON

John Gelson takes a trip to Scarborough for an update on the seaside town’s open-top bus services

Admiring the sweeping views across the bay to the medieval castle with the sea breeze in your hair, an open top bus ride is as much a part of a trip to Scarborough as an ice cream or a deckchair on the beach.

Yet open top buses only began here in the early 1980s, when NBC subsidiary United decided on a trial conversion of its 109 service around the resort’s North and South Bays, using ex-Southdown ‘Queen Mary’ Leyland PD3s. The trial proved a success and the Queen Marys were replaced by converted ex-Scottish Bus Group Bristol VRs, allowing for one-man operation.

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