Isle of Wight Bustival to run for fourth year

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Southern Vectis’ Bristol K5G may be the longest serving bus in the country still working with its original owner

Southern Vectis has confirmed that the fourth Annual Bustival bus rally will be held on April 7 at the Isle of Wight Steam Railway’s headquarters at Havenstreet.

The event is expected to see 40 vintage and special buses visit the island from across the UK.

Matt Kitchin, General Manager at Southern Vectis, said the free to enter event should be as popular as previous years when over 1000 visitors came to view the vehicles and browse through the stalls dedicated to bus enthusiasts and enjoy the wider family attractions. Also attending will be a collection of vintage cars and lorries and activities including face painting, falconry displays and live music.

Matt Kitchin said: “Thanks to the support of Wightlink who assist with the Ferry crossings the visiting buses we expect the Bustival to be one of the largest events in Southern England this year. It will be an impressive line of buses to bring back memories the nostalgic and intrigue younger visitors.

“We are running special free open top shuttle services on the between Newport and the Bustival at the Isle of Wight Steam railway.”

The Southern Vectis-owned 1939 Bristol K5G double deck bus CDL 899, believed to be the longest serving bus in the country to still be working with its original owner, will be present to welcome the visiting buses.

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