Raising a glass to Charles Henry Roe

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Legendary Leeds-based coachbuilder Charles Henry Roe has been the subject of two rather different tributes, reports Nick Larkin

In the first of two reminders of the well-known coach builder Charles Roe, an event is planned for 2021 to mark 100 years since Roe began operations at the legendary Cross Gates factory in Leeds. Secondly a Wetherpoons pub called the Charles Henry Roe has finally opened nearby, after delays caused by the coronavirus lockdown.

Mr Roe remained Managing Director of Chas H Roe Limited until 1952, by which time the company’s products were considered by many to be the best quality on the market, forming the backbone of many municipal and some BET fleets, as well as double-deckers being snapped up by independents.

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