- East Kent Road Car Company celebrates 100 years of service
- Buses old and new showcased at Herne Bay event
- Free open-top bus rides around town
- Exclusive centenary merchandise on sale
- Profits to go to Pilgrims Hospices
A bus company will celebrate 100 years of service at a bus rally on Sunday. Herne Bay’s William Street car park will host the event which has become a popular fixture in the town’s calendar for many years. Classic and modern buses will be on show along with free bus rides, stalls and memorabilia.
The main theme of this year’s rally is the centenary of the formation of the East Kent Road Car Company – still operating buses today under the name Stagecoach South East. To mark the occasion the company will be showcasing buses specially wrapped in the original East Kent maroon and cream colours. Rally goers will also be able to sit back and savour the open-air on an open-top bus that will be providing free rides around town. Limited edition merchandise including a set of iconic East Kent bus posters especially reproduced for the centenary will be on sale with profits going to Pilgrims’ Hospices.
Philip Norwell, Stagecoach South East’s managing director said “Having reached the milestone of 100 years, we want to celebrate by doing something special. The Herne Bay Bus Rally marks the actual anniversary week when the East Kent Road Car Company was formed in 1916. Back then we had a fleet of 72 vehicles operating a million miles a year; today we have nearly 500 buses and coaches running over 21 million miles a year.”
The rally starts from 10am this Sunday (7 August) at the William Street car park (off Queen Street) in Herne Bay.