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A 1952 West Riding Roe-bodied Leyland Tiger PS2 of a similar type to that operated by Yelloway’s. JON BENNETT WIKIMEDIA COMMONS

In a two-part article, Alan Payling re-creates an express coach journey from Manchester to Torquay in the ‘good old days’ of coach travel

On the face of it, it was quite a straightforward question. I was talking to Frank Elliot of Memory Lane Holidays and Travel of Warrington when he was in Torquay recently. Because of the name of his company and the fact that Frank has been round the block once or twice, I asked him when he’d first travelled to Torquay on a coach. Frank’s answer certainly surprised me because it was so unexpected. But Frank’s reply also aroused my curiosity. Due to my inquisitive nature, that one question and the answer I received meant that I then started asking an awful lot more questions about Frank’s first journey by coach to Torquay. The rest, as they say, is history. […]

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