This time we invited a speaker with many years experience inside the bus industry. Alan Price was a BET group management trainee. His first placement was with Maidstone and District at Luton depot between 1959 and 1963 when the Chatham Traction spirit of independence was still strong. We learnt of the problems of traffic congestion in pre-M2 Medway, how to change gear on a Bristol K, and how to "borrow" a bus from Gillingham depot without them knowing..... Wonderful stuff. Alan's contribution added to our normal numbers to the extent that we just over-filled the newly refitted Learning Space at Rochester's brilliant new Huguenot Museum.
We were able to display some new photos, both of recent work on GKE 68 and of Chatham Traction buses in service. Alan Page brought along his entire output of paintings depicting scenes around Medway in the 50s with a bus (or two) in them. The paintings were long ago dedicated to the cause and we're now working to make them available as prints. I love the one of Frindsbury terminus, with a GKE Bristol shown heeling over as it executes the 180 degree turn!
Our display, showing some of Alan Page's paintings, and Gordon Mackley's bus models.