Historic Sunderland bus restored for city’s 21st birthday

Phil Medicott, managing director of Stagecoach North East presents the plaque to Mayor of Sunderland Coun Iain Kay.
Phil Medicott, managing director of Stagecoach North East presents the plaque to Mayor of Sunderland Coun Iain Kay.
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A HISTORIC bus has been restored to its original glory in time to celebrate Sunderland’s 21st anniversary of becoming a city.

The vehicle was registered at Busways Travel Services in 1993, and named the City of Sunderland to mark the granting of city status the previous year by the Queen on the 40th anniversary of her accession to the throne.

Two years’ hard work on sprucing up the bus has now come to fruition.

In 2009 the bus – a Dennis Dart – was secured by the North East Bus Preservation Trust, and working with Stagecoach North East was restored to its original 1993 condition.

It has now been fully re-trimmed with original Busways moquette and genuine period advertisements inside.

The vehicle has also been repanelled and exterior fittings replaced, as well as completely repainted to reflect the Sunderland Busways livery.

Mayor of Sunderland Councillor Iain Kay said: “I am delighted to have received this plaque on behalf of the people of Sunderland, which will provide us all with a highly visible and impressive reminder of such a significant date in our history as a city.”