Cancellations and postponements aplenty – but some events hope to go ahead later in the year

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The London Bus Museum has cancelled its Spring Gathering but is planning a big event for September. NICK LARKIN

Dozens of classic bus events have been cancelled across the country due to the spread of the coronavirus. Some have been postponed to dates later in the year in the hope they can still take place.

Casualties include the London Bus Museum Spring Gathering, due to have taken place on 5 April, the Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s Open Day on the same day, and the Kirkby Stephen based Cumbria Easter Rally on 11-12 April.

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The Xelabus 10th Anniversary Open Day Rally, set for 19 April will now not take place. Also cancelled is the Teesside Running Day, originally to be held on 26 April. Spokesman for organiser Teesside 500 Group, David Hunter, said: “It’s a very sad decision but, in the present circumstances, we have had no choice but to cancel the event. It would have been our 20th.”

Grampian Transport Museum has rescheduled its reopening day from 29 March to 3 May. Organisers of other events have decided to see how the situation unfolds before making a decision. The highly popular Fenland BusFest, scheduled for 17 May is still set to go ahead, subject to a final decision in late April.

Trustee of Fenland BusFest organisers the Eastern Bus Enthusiasts, Stephen Longmire, said: “Obviously public safety is our top priority, and we never consider any risks to this, but so people look forward to this event and we very much hope it can happen. We are closely monitoring the situation daily.”

Also on a happier note, the Brooklands based London Bus Museum, which is, at the time of writing still open daily, is already working on a major event for 13 September. “We are very sorry to have cancelled our Spring Gathering and other events but there was no alternative,” said spokesman Deryk Fill.

“Obviously no-one knows what’s happening at the moment but we have decided to concentrate on holding one major event on 13 September. We’ll announce more details as time progresses but we hope this will be a very special show. We are grateful for all the support we’ve had from operators in the past and very much hope this will continue.”