2017 Event Write-Ups

The 2017 season began with the annual North East Bus & Coach Show. On the rally circuit this year from our Felling facility were group-owed Leyland Atlantean 290 (UVK290T), privately owned Leyland Atlantean 680 (GBB516K), privately owned Leyland Tiger C128KJO, Leyland Freighter F277CRH and NEBPT owned Dennis Dart 1723 (K723PNL).

NEBPT Bus & Coach Show 2017

On Sunday 30th April, we attended the annual North East Bus & Coach Show. This year, the rally saw a change of venue, with the event held at Spillers Wharf on Newcastle Quayside. The location made a much more picturesque setting for photographs.

We attended the event with Leyland Atlantean 290 (UVK290T), Leyland Atlantean 680 (GBB516K), Leyland Tiger (C128KJO) and Leyland Freighter recovery truck F277CRH. 680 appeared for the first time in it's freshly repainted Tyneside PTE livery, and we are very grateful for the kind comments about the decker. C128KJO and F277CRH are two recent additions to the Felling garage, both acquired from Ellie Rose of Hull at the start of the year.

The Felling gang were situated at the south side of the rally site, close to the site of the now demolished Spillers Flour Mill. THV would like to thank the NEBPT for the successful event, especially due to difficult circumstances and hurdles to get over with the relocation from the usual Metrocentre site in Dunston, Gateshead.

Date: Sunday 30th April 2017

Location: Spillers Wharf, Newcastle Quayside

Bowes Miners Fete

On 3rd June, Dennis Dart 1723 (K723PNL) which owned by the North East Bus Preservation Trust and housed at THV Felling, attended Bowes Railway for the annual Miners Fete. The day was a free event and included the Washington Heritage Fair, where there were brass bands, fun fair attractions, traditional games, nostalgic miners banners, local authors and more.

Date: Saturday 3rd June 2017

Location: Bowes Railway, Springwell Village

Morpeth Fair 2017

Once again, THV was invited to attend the annual Morpeth Fair Day. Morpeth Fair Day has been attracting visitors to the town for over 20 years. It is the Morpeth and District Chamber of Trade’s annual flagship event and regularly attracts over 30,000 visitors to the town. With plenty of entertainment, interesting stalls, displays, games, rides and activities, there is something for visitors of all ages to enjoy throughout the day.

A vintage Park and Ride service was provided by THV together with a few other local vehicle preservationists. The shuttle ran between the town's County Hall and the bus station. We provided recently repainted Atlantean 680 (GBB516K) and open-top Leyland Olympian H647BNL, which pitched up at THV for storage in April after being sold for a non-PSV use.

A successful day once again, the shuttle services were very popular, especially the open-topper in the splendid weather.

Date: Sunday 10th June 2017

Location: Morpeth Town Centre


N.E.B.P.T Durham Vintage Bus Gathering

On 18th June, the North East Bus Preservation Trust once again hosted the annual Durham Father's Day Vintage Bus Gathering at Howlands Park and Ride site. The event is the most southernly NEBPT event in the North East, which aims to attract visitors from the County Durham and Teesside area. In attendance from our Felling site was NEBPT owned Dart 1723. The vehile performed a number of shuttle services from the P&R site to Durham City Centre.

Date: Sunday 10th June 2017

Location: Howlands Park and Ride, Durham

Whitley Bay Classic Vehicle Rally

On 16th July, the joint vintage bus and car show was held on The Links in Whitley Bay. Predominantly a classic car enthusiasts event, the North East Bus Preservation Trust also support the event and encourage vintage buses from around the area to attend. From our Felling facility, Dennis Dart 1723 was taken to attend the event.

Date: Sunday 16th July 2017

Location: The Links, Whitley Bay


North East Festival of Transport

A new two-day event was launched this year in partnership with the North East Bus Preservation Trust and Sunderland and District Classic Vehicle Society, with support from Sunderland City Council. Held on Saturday 29th July and Sunday 30th July, the event brought together vintage buses, traction engines and commercial vehicles, classic cars and motorbikes at a prime location on Sunderland's award winning sea front.

The event aimed at fulfilling a long held wish of transport enthusiasts in the region to create a major showcase event, similar to those held in some other part of the country. The event was attended mainly by vehicles from the North East, with a some attendees from outside of the region. Single decker buses, double decker buses and classic cars were suitably segregated into sections. In addition, food facilities, family rides and attractions were also put on for the event.

On the Saturday, Felling-based NEBPT owned Dennis Dart 1723 attended. On the Sunday, 1723 was joined by with Leyland Atlanteans 290 (UVK290T) and 680 (GBB516K)

Date: Saturday 29th July and Sunday 30th July 2017

Location: Seaburn, Sunderland

N.E.B.P.T Seaburn Historic Vehicle Display

The final event in the North East Rally callendar is the annual August Bank Holiday Seaburn rally. A follow up event to the Festival of Transport, Felling-based NEBPT Dart 1723 (K723PNL) was in attendance at this event. Supported by Stagecoach, the event featured vintage buses and classic cars form our local region.

Date: Monday 28th August

Location: Seaburn, Sunderland













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