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Visitors brave the rain at Pensnett Garage Open Day. NXWM

Classic vehicles played a major part in an open day at the National Express West Midlands (NXWM) Pensnett depot on Saturday 27 July.

Despite dire weather, visitors turned up in their hundreds and gave generously to support the garage’s chosen charity – the cancer unit at Birmingham Children’s Hospital. A total of £523 was raised on the day.

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Shantilala Valand joined the then Leicester City Transport as a conductor in 1966. FIRST

As well as display vehicles, free bus wash rides, a playbus and cake sales were extremely popular, as was a memorabilia stall. Richard Smith, Operations Manager at NXWM, said: “Despite the wet weather we probably had just shy of 600 people come and visit us.

“It was a great opportunity for us to speak to our customers and show them our facilities.

“Our range of heritage and modern buses went down a treat but our bus wash rides were by far the most popular attraction – and not just for the kids!’’

He continued: “I’d like to thank all our staff and our partners for coming along and supporting us on the day, and of course to the visitors who braved the rain.

“We’re delighted to have raised over £520 for the fantastic Birmingham Children’s Hospital cancer unit and look forward to raising even more during the rest of this year.”

Modern vehicles vehicles from the NXWM fleet on display at the event included several in heritage liveries, including West Midlands PTE, Birmingham, West Bromwich and Wolverhampton, whilst the operator’s heritage fleet was represented by MCW Metrobus D957NDA, fleet number 2957, in Timesaver livery.

Visiting vehicles included a BMMO S17 from Aston Manor Transport Museum, Yardley Wood Bus Club’s Leyland Lynx G266EOG, new as West Midlands 1266, and from Midland Bus hire AEC Routemaster RML 2411.

BaMMOT at Wythall provided former West Bromwich Corporation Daimler Fleetline 101 (NEA101F) and ex-West Midlands PTE Bristol VR4613 (NOB413M).