Did you watch the BBC documentary on the Golden Age of Coach Travel a few weeks back? Well, if you missed it, BBC Four are repeating it on Wednesday 26th January at 8pm. I would highly recommend watching it and seeing what coach travel was like in its prime. Also, keep an eye out for our very own Barbara Flin!!
This documentary takes a glorious journey back to the 1950s, when the coach was king. From its early origins in the charabanc, the coach had always been the people’s form of transport. Cheaper and more flexible than the train, it allowed those who had travelled little further than their own villages and towns a first heady taste of exploration and freedom. It was a safe capsule on wheels from which to venture out into a wider world.
The distinctive livery of the different coach companies was part of a now lost world, when whole communities crammed into coach after coach en route to pleasure spots like Blackpool, Margate and Torquay. With singsongs, toilet stops and the obligatory pub halt, it didn’t matter how long it took to get there because the journey was all part of the adventure.
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