Final funding appeal

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Covid-19 has meant the £345,000 restoration of a 1939 Bristol double-decker as a community asset has not been able to be completed as planned this year. Now an urgent appeal has been launched to raise £40,000 to complete the work on the Weymann-bodied bus.

Saved for preservation in 1960, GKE 68 was new to the Chatham & District Traction Company. After being stored in a Suffolk garden for many years and narrowly escaping the attention of the scrap man several times, GKE 68 was acquired by the Friends of Chatham Traction in 2009.

A massive restoration began, with the help of, among others, Arriva, which has agreed to store the bus when work is complete, Nu-Venture, Chatham Historic Dockyard, and not forgetting South East Coachworks where the work is taking place.

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