Historic bus back on Winchester streets this Saturday

The newly-restored Leyland Olympic bus

The newly-restored Leyland Olympic bus

First published in Winchester Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author by

IT’S the bus that came back from the dead.

The 52-year-old Leyland Olympic served Winchester with King Alfred Buses until it was sold to Ireland.

Later it was tracked down and brought back, as a wreck in 1992, to be restored to its former glory, a process finally completed earlier this year.

The vehicle will be on display in the Broadway on Saturday December 15, a preview for the annual bus running day on January 1.

Friends of King Alfred Buses recreate the 1960s, a time of more extensive, ie better, bus services.

All rides are free. An illustrated souvenir programme, which can be purchased in advance by post (for £11 including postage) from FoKAB, 13 Ashley Close, Harestock, Winchester, SO22 6LR.

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