Bus pull provides welcome funds

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Like many charitable organisations within the heritage sector, Transport Museum Wythall has lost a significant amount of its income in 2020 as Covid-19 has taken its toll. The 100% volunteer-run museum was closed until August and has only managed to open under strict Covd-19 guidelines, restricting visitor numbers, until the end of October.

The museum has strong links with local bus operators including National Express West Midlands, as well as a another Birmingham-based organisation more associated with dumbells rather than bus bells.


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Members of the Gladiator Barbell Gym in Kings Norton, which specialises in powerlifting and fitness training, raised over £500 for the museum with a special Bus Pull event. Thirty male and female competitors fought in open, masters and several weight categories, pulling a 9 ton double-decker and 7 ton single-decker from the museum’s collection over 15 metres and 10 metres respectively. Club members and their families, suitably social-distanced, cheered on the competitors. Museum spokesman Denis Chick commented: “Even the kids had a go so a fun time was had by all.”



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