Banbury Centenary event

Banbury Centenary


Banbury Centenary Celebrations

Sunday 13th October 2019, 11am - 4pm


Join us to celebrate 100 years of Midland Red bus services in Banbury with a family fun day in Banbury Town Centre.


Take a look at a number of classic vehicles that would have at one time operated routes within the town, some of which include:


  • Two buses  from Leicester Transport Museum Trust.

Fleet number 5905 (PHA 505G) Midland Red BMMO Type S22 single deck 1968.

Fleet number 5919 (RHA 919G Midland Red BMMO Type S23 single deck 1969. 


  • One bus from Midland Red Bus Museum at Wythall.

Fleet number 5399 (BHA 399C) Midland Red Type D9 Double Decker 1966, these were the last of the two man crew Vehicles used on Town services prior to one man operation.


  • 1948 Bedford OB Coach in original Tanners of Sibford Gower livery.


 A timeline detailing the development of Banbury bus depot along with historic photos of vehicles and press articles will be on display on board one of the vintage vehicles for those interested in learning about the depot's past.

Visitors will even have the opportunity to name one of their local services with the winner's suggestion vinyled onto one of our buses in Banbury. A 4 week megarider Gold ticket is also up for grabs for anyone who can successful name all locations in the 'Location, Location, Bus Location' competition.

Special trips at selected times to the village of Deddington, with its honey-coloured Horton stone properties will run using one of the classic vehicles. No fares will apply but donations encouraged to local charity, Katharine House Hospice.

Limited edition Midland Red Centenary mugs will also be for sale with all proceeds again going to Katharine House Hospice.


Itinerary for the day


11:00 - Event opened by Town Mayor of Banbury, Councillor John Colegrave (2019 - 2020)

11:05 - Stagecoach in Oxfordshire Managing Director, Chris Coleman welcomes guests

11:10 - Event underway

11:30 until 15:00 trips to Deddington and Sidford Gower on either Vintage or award-winning Midland Red livery MMC. Planned intervals of every 30 minutes. Fares in the form of on board donations to Katharine House Hospice.

14:00: - Cake cutting by Chris Coleman and former Midland Red driver and depot controller, Eddie Turvey

16:00 - Event ends