Sponsor a Seat

An opportunity for individuals, families, clubs, societies and local businesses to support a very visible and essential part of GKE 68's restoration. Seats are a fundamental part of any passenger vehicle and their quality and finish make a big contribution to any interior. However their multiplicity means they are always an expensive item, the more so when special materials are required to reproduce an authentic appearance. 

An upper deck double seat from the bus, removed 58 years after it last carried fare-paying passengers. Imagine it re-covered with new moquette of the original pattern (fragments of which are draped over the back of the seat to the left) and trimmed with shiny new leather!

An upper deck double seat from the bus, removed 58 years after it last carried fare-paying passengers. Imagine it re-covered with new moquette of the original pattern (fragments of which are draped over the back of the seat to the left) and trimmed with shiny new leather!

We estimate that the cost of restoring the seats (all 54 seat places, including the downstairs longitudinal 3-seats) is about £17,000. This includes roundly £2,000 for new moquette alone, which is also subject to minimum quantity ordering and therefore the need to find other projects which may be able to use a genuine late-1930s pattern of seat covering.

We reckoned that a sum of £250 per seat place (which, when gift-aided, produces the figure we estimated) would be within the means of enough people and organisations for this element of funding to be achieved. There are seven takers already. Anyone else wishing to sponsor a seat please use the Contact link.