Midland Red memories

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Nick Larkin speaks to the author of a new book on unique operator Midland Red

Midland Red fanatic and former employee who spent almost 50 years in the industry has produced the first of a trilogy of books on what was once Britain’s biggest bus company.

Author of Inside Midland Red, Ashley Wakelin said the idea of the book was to chronicle his own memories of the operator and others who worked there, as well as to chronicle the company’s history. “I enjoyed a lifetime in the bus industry, and realising that it had dramatically changed from the calmer 1960s to the stresses and realities of modern times, I decided to put pen to paper to recall the story of my passion for the operator.”

Midland Red played a big part in the lives of the people of the Midlands for most of the 20th century, and still retains a fiercely loyal following of enthusiasts, which is why it is important that stories of ‘The Red,’ such as those in this book, should be retold for future generations.

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