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05 Nov 2018
Children at St Mildred's Infant School in Broadstairs experienced an old fashioned omnibus as part of their school transport day.
The school contacted Stagecoach to ask if they had a double decker bus available to help hook the children in for the start of their transport topic. Local Stagecoach assistant operations manager, Kim Brooks, sent along a 1967 ‘Regent’ double decker bus which has been preserved by the company at its Westwood Bus depot.
Reception teacher Simone Morgan said “As a WOW start to our 'Off We Go' topic we invited various vehicles into our school playground. The Regent Double Decker bus was an amazing addition.
“The children thoroughly enjoyed ringing the bell and going to the top deck. They learnt about old and new buses and the Stagecoach staff were on hand with answers to all our questions! What a great way to start our new topic for the term!”
The Regent has had an illustrious career. When new it was dispatched on a tour of the towns in the north of England to promote tourism in Kent. By the late 1970s the bus was used as a mobile office for selling tickets before being used as a driver training vehicle by the 1990. It was restored back to its original East Kent colours in the early 2000s and is now used for special occasions.