Conversion work for the Huguenot museum at the Rochester Visitor centre meant we had to seek somewhere else to hold this year's Annual General Meeting. Enter Colin Jarvis, sports fanatic, old vehicle enthusiast and Chairman of MEMS Power Generation based in Gillingham. Colin generously made available facilities offered by the 44TWO Club, located at the top of Featherby Road opposite the site of the one-time Central Hotel. Anyone who was a bus and coach enthusiast in the 50s and 60s will remember the Central being jammed at weekends with dozens of coaches and London buses taking folk for days at the seaside on the north Kent coast.
Again, a route run was organised, differing in two ways from previous years. Firstly the routes covered - parts of route 2 to Rainham and route 5 to the Strand - were somewhat compromised by Saturday lunchtime levels of traffic and modern alterations to road access. But you can't stop progress. Secondly, this time we had the use of 1945 Bristol K6A HKE 867, which is operated by members of the M&D and East Kent Bus Club. A wonderfully nostalgic experience to climb Chatham Hill at 20 mph to the sound of an AEC engine. Crewed by Phil and Mike, the ride was much appreciated by those partaking and our thanks are due to Richard Wallace for the arrangements.