Preservation stalwart passes away

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This AEC (or is it a Maudslay?) Regal was Eric Graveling’s best-known restoration. NICK LARKIN











Nick Larkin reports from the funeral of a well-known and well-respected restorer of classic buses

Friends from the bus world were amongst those paying tribute and respect at the funeral of one of the industry’s great characters, PCV restorer, repairer and preservationist Eric Graveling, who died on 23 June at the age of 78.

Eric maintained and MOT’d vehicles for a host of operators in the East Midlands and East Anglia as well as restoring a succession of rare half-cab coaches. He was born in Stamford, Lincolnshire before moving to Warmington, Northants, where his family ran Fleetway Coaches.

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