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First Leicester hosted a display of preserved vehicles at its Abbey Lane depot for the Leicester Bus Running Day. Preserved buses also ran from the depot during the event, which was organised with the Leicester Transport Heritage Trust, (LTHT) and attracted some 3,000 people.

Buses and visitors brave the rain at Leicester’s Abbey Lane depot. MIKE GREENWOOD
Shantilala Valand joined the then Leicester City Transport as a conductor in 1966. FIRST

First Bus PR manager Ady Culpin, who joined the then Leicester City Transport in 1983, said: “The day went well despite the rain and many memories were shared. [wlm_nonmember][…]

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“Buses on display included vehicles in special liveries from First Worcester and 1939 AEC Renown six wheeler with Northern Counties H32/32R bodywork CBC 921, which has been in preservation since the late 1950s and is now owned by Leicestershire Museums.”

Guests included Shantilala Valand, who joined Leicester City Transport as a conductor in 1966, remaining in that capacity until 1985 and brought along a pile of fascinating documentation from his time with the operator.

First Leicester is currently preparing the LTHT’s 1950 all-Leyland PD2, FJF 193 for repaint. LTHT was formed in 2007 as a result of a merger of two well-established groups and was awarded charitable status in 2008.

The Trust’s principal aim is to research, preserve and promote Leicester and Leicestershire’s road transport heritage, and eventually open a museum.

Visit www.LTHT.org.uk for more information.