Lothian plays host to 8,000 visitors at Vintage Running Day

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Seen heading down Leith Walk is 1964 Leyland Titan PD3/6 665 (ASC 665B). This bus has the distinction of being the very last Edinburgh bus to have a conductor on board and was the company’s final front-engined, manual gearbox vehicle. RICHARD WALTER

Almost 8,000 people attended Lothian’s Central garage on Saturday 29 September for Doors Open Day, raising £2,300 for Macmillan Cancer Support, the company’s current charity of choice.

This year’s vintage running day was also popular, with thousands of customers travelling across 12 historic buses running on the company’s service 7 route between Burdiehouse and Newhaven, including a 1949 Daimler.

Visitors were able to enjoy open top tours of the garage, buy the new limited edition Lothian merchandise, get their name programmed on the bus destination screen for a photo and all the usual family fun including a bouncy slide, face-painting and trips through the bus wash.

Richard Hall, Lothian’s Managing Director, said: “Over the last few years our Doors Open Day has become a key date in many people’s diaries and we are always delighted to see how many people come from far and wide to see behind the scenes of our operation.

“Lothian is an integral part of the city and our services are used by over 350,000 customers every day. We pride ourselves on being part of the community and it’s a great day for all of our amazing staff as well as our guests.”