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 ON  THE BUSES fan's page 
This page is for you the fans to send in any photos or emails to the club that is ON THE BUSES related or just unusual bus stories or fun photos.
Please also include what part of the world you are from.
Send them in to  busesfanclub@aol.com

Here is a poem sent in by a fan of ON THE BUSES

ON THE BUSES TRIBUTE..
 
ON THE BUSES,
STAN & JACK WORKING TOGETHER
A PARTNERSHIP MADE IN HEAVEN
STAN DRIVNG AND JACK CONDUCTING ON THE BUS NUMBER 13 
 
AT THE DEPOT THEY HAD A BOSS CALLED MR BLAKE
BLAKEY  WAS HIS  NICK NAME. 
A NICK NAME ONE OF MANY!
    
 
HE CHECKED UP ON THEM AT EVERY OPPOTUNITY
WHEN THEY WERE OUT ON THE BUS
GETTING UP TO MISCHIEF
FROM DRIVING THE BUS ALONG  TO BEING STATIONARY.
 
FROM SWITICHING THE SIGNS
TO DIVERTING THE WOMEN DRIVERS
AS THEY WERE DRIVING ALONG ON THEIR ROUTES.
 
TO SWITCHING THE RADIO CONTROL TO ANOTHER
 TO PLAYING DARTS.
NO ONE COULD STOP THEM IN THEIR TRACKS.
 
FROM ON THE BUSES TO MUTINY ON THE BUSES
HUMOUROUS  CLASSIC  COMEDY THAT IS LOVED BY MANY..
 
HOLIDAY ON THE BUSES WAS A  GREAT CLASSICAL COMEDY TOO
 CLASSICAL COMEDYS  THAT LIVE ON IN FANS HEARTS AND MEMORIES.
 
 
 
C.BY TRACY
 

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Above is a photo of Stephen Lewis as BLAKEY talking to our Mayor in Yarmouth market place. They were promoting Yarmouth tourism and had a specially painted double decker for the occassion.
Thanks to Dan Hanton for sending in this great picture
 

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Here is a photo sent in by Ian Wilson, it shows a place called 'BLAKEY CLOSE' and is in Redcar. Aaaarrrgghhhh!

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Hello On the buses fan club.
 
 
My name is roel straatman i life in the netherlands and i have to tell you that england is by far the best comedy in makers of the world!!
i still enjoy watching series like "the young ones" bottom"allo alllo"keeping up appearences"and so on and so on.....
butt there's only one comedy that is the best of them all and that is off course.....ON THE BUSES!!!!!!!!!!!
to be onnest i watch it almost every weekend and it never gets borring thank god they make't 7 series+movies of this serie
one of my favorite's is arthur just seeing his face makes me laugh so funny!!
to bad that reg varney passed away the 16th of nov 2008 2 days later my doughter was born! so thats i date i wont forget!
thanks to you this serie will always be alive and never forgotten and so it has to be!
i will always keep loving watching my buses!!
 
god bless.
 
greetings from the netherlands
r.straatman.

                                                 STAR EMAIL Toronto Canada

Hello from Toronto Canada to all my fellow OTB fans.
 
I've read comments and reviews from a variety of sources denigrating the quality of OTB humour and acting.  Whether you consider yourself  low brow, high brow or middle brow, OTB can be for you.  I enjoy fine literature, speak six languages and have a degree in Anthropology but treasure all the episodes of OTB and am never without them when I travel especially when I travel alone.  Watching the gang is like having old familiar friends along with me and I watch them on my laptop in the hotels or in the evening with my tea and lemon cake when staying with my son in Vancouver.  I lived in London from 1967 to 1968 just before the series began and the clothes, buses, and "look" of the shops give me a little thrill of nostalgia for those times.  I love "Are You Being Served" for the same reasons as I worked in Selfridges on Oxford Street when I was 23 years old (I am now 66) and the look of Grace Brothers reminds me of what I remember of Selfridges from the mid sixties.  I have visited Selfridges since ( 2004) and it has changed so much.  So you see both series are for me a visit into my past in London.  The series are eternal and will be running on my TV probably when I take my last breath. 

Wonderful, wonderful, wonderful. Mike Dorman

                                        Sydney Australia

Dear Fans:
                    I live in Montevideo now, at 73 ys. old, but I used to live in Sydney, Australia from June 1970 until 1979, and I did really enjoyed all the episodes of "On the buses".
                    One of my lifetime dreams was to visit London City, mostly for considering that this city has the bes public transport organization in the world.
                      I never missed one episode,  and it brings me really happy moments. A very fine comed, and I am very sorry that most of those "monsters" actors past away. I never met them personally, but they had became like part of my own family and I do remember them sith special gratitude anmd joy.
                    Thankyou for maintaining alive such good shows and I will try to get some dvd´s some time in the future, previous consulting my pensioner´s pocket.
                    GOOD ON YOU, MATES !
                                                                    Hugo R. Duque

 Hi. In the late 80,s Bob did a national UK tour playing the narrator in the revival of " Oh Calcutta ". I saw him at Ayr Gaiety Theatre. Excellent he was too. Very funny. He closed the show with: " And if you're takin the bus home . . . . Make sure it's not one of ours !! ".      Happy memories. Gordon.

Sent from my iPhone by Gordon Cambell

.I have been a huge fan since a young age and I am a bus driver and have been for the last 7 years the company I work for runs a city tour service during the summer months using a ex london routemaster bus it also has a clippy on the back he takes the fares every time i am on this route I always give a thought to jack stan and blakey and the rest of the gang and think of the fun they had filming all the series and 3 feature films.I have spoken to a lot of bus drivers who drove buses in the 1960s and 70s and they tell me driving a crew operated bus was a lot of fun compared to nowadays.My favourite episode is "the new uniforms"my fave film in "holiday on the buses"which was filmed in prestatyn in north wales I have actually been there in my bus with a load of holiday makers and drew up to the security lodge half expecting blakey to open the door clipboard in hand!!!Hope to her from you soon David 

Having just visited the 2011 Events page of your website I laughed when I saw a photo of Olive stuck in a manhole in Bullhead Road, Borehamwood. My Dad worked at the studios at that time and was on location. In fact it was his head she was sitting on as he was down the manhole to prevent her from disappearing into it.

Please see attached a photo of my Dad, Dave Lightfoot, as requested. This picture was taken last year. The reason that he is leaning forward is nothing to do with "Olive" sitting on his head I'm sure she will be pleased to know.

Andrew Lightfoot

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As a collector of Hammer film Material ive attached for you an image produced for promotional purposes by the artist Tom Chantrell, I hope you like the image

Best wishes

Simon Greetham
Always a pleasure to get images like this at the fan-club thanks Simon

My name is Joe Part of the job of the studio painter was to change all the signs on the buses this was done with prepainted signs and placed on the bus by using vaseline  ,fine in winter but bit more tricky in the summer. If it got to hot the vaseline  would run  and the signs would tilt a little.
One of the first jobs that we had to do was to disguise the outside of the bus garage with a large sign this  a bit tricky because it was a working bus garage and the sign was put up using ropes  and had to come down as soon as we finished shooting.
another thing we had to do as a crew, was to place  bus stops in various place and then drive to the next place  in order that we can do maybe a drive by shot, on more than one occasion we have come back and found people at the bus stop. they had a long wait
you obviously had to watch continuity, as shots had to match the studio set, this was done with the designer  supervising us .
It was a great show to work on Lwt was a great company to work for.I spent over 30 years there First  in wembley then on to the south bank .Yes those were the days.
Regards
Joe Kerr

Thanks Joe, always good to hear from those that were part of the making of ON THE BUSES

READ ABOUT 2010 LIFE ON THE BUSES FROM A BUS CONDUCTOR BY READING HIS BLOG VIA THE LINK BELOW

Oh its a great life ON THE BUSES

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GILLIAN BRYANT & STEPHEN LEWIS 
GILLIAN KINDLY SENT THIS PHOTO TAKEN LAST YEAR 2009

Hi Steve
Just received your latest email - as you see I am a long way away in Auckland N Z.. However I wanted you to know that I love hearing what is happening in the Club. My husband and I lived in the UK when we first married in the 1970s  - discovered On The Buses and have every episode on DVD - we also bought the entire set in the Bus container last Christmas. We have passed on our love of the show to our two sons.  No matter how many times we watch them we still laugh and laugh.  We love the UK and try to come over on holiday every couple of years - hopefully one trip will coincide with one of your events.
Thanks for letting us keep in touch with what is happening.  Hopefully one day we will be able to meet.
Cheers Heather   (Wade)

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ANDREW'S NEW ON THE BUSES WEB SITE

Dear otbfc, I've just found your website and think it's excellent, I've alwayslooked on the series with great fondness, it brings back someexcellent memories of my childhood, I seem to remember watchingit on Sunday nights in the early seventies (Granada region). I particularly like the movie 'Holiday on the buses' as we visitedthe very Pontins holiday camp about 3 years after the film was madeand I can still remember all the location shot sites from my visit there, ie the ballroom, the chalets, the swimming pool and thegates where Blakey worked on the security and also the little annexwhere Jack carried on with Blakeys nurse girlfriend. It's a shame about Bob Grant.I do remember him appearing on an afternoon chat show in the early80's after he had suffered a bout of depression and his family hadworried about his wellbeing and state of mind. Its a shame that hedidn't realise that he actually is very much appreciated. During thisinterview it was plain to see that he was still upset and depressedI believe he had gone to Ireland during his disappearance as he hadexpressed a great affinity for the Irish people I shall certainly drop by on this site again, well done, its a fine tributeto a marvellous series.  Stephen Bray

I was driving through Gullane today and the main street was very busy and lined up each side with parked cars, there was a bottle neck where only one vehicle could get through so as you can imagine i sat for a while as traffic was coming from the other side, eventualy a big silver Merc stopped and flashed me though, very decent of the driver I thought as not many will give way to buses these days, asnyways , as i drove past him I gave him a big flash (of my lights before anyone gets the wrong idea) and a friendly wave, the drive waved back and as he did I realised it was Ronnie Corbet, what a big car for such a small guy. This wasnt the first time i have met him as my wifes wee sister used to pall about wi Ronnies daughter when they were in Gullane for their holidays and I would often meet him in the street early mornings on his way to the bakers.

This lead me to thinking, I wonder how many of us have met Celeb's on our buses, I know that once i had Robbie Coltrane on my bus in the mid 80's, he was nipping up to sighthill as he either had friends or relatives up there.
When at eastern on the Citylink work when i was at New Street I often had many of the cast off Take The High Road on my Glasgow 500 as they traveled back and forth on our buses.

This takes me to an event that happened to one of our North Berwick drivers years ago around the early 80's. It was a very warm summers morning and the driver left North Berwick that Saturday morning at around 5.30 am going to the Bus Station in Edinburgh. On his return journey he arrived in Aberlady around 8am and had quie a busy bus as he headed to North Berwick.

Meanwhile Jimmy Tarbuck was staying over at Ronnie Corbets house in Gullane for a few days as they were hoping to get a few round of golf in while the weather had been good. They had got up early that Saturday morning and decided to go for a walk over Gullane golf course, they wandered right over the hill to Aberlady bay and back up to the road leading back to Gullane. They were knackered by this time as they didnt realise how long this walk was so decided to wait to see if a bus was going to turn up to take them back home.

The driver had just left Aberlady and was going along by the Aberlady bay area when he saw two people jumping on the road trying to attract his attention, they were even showing bare legs in jest to try to get the driver to stop and pick them up. The driver noticed who they were and stopped the bus along side them. Ronnie Corbet jumped on the bus first, he nodded and bid the driver a good morning and walked up to the middel of the bus where he took a seat. Jimmy Tarbuck jumped on the bus next, he also bid the driver a good morning and then at the top of his voice so that all on the bus could hear, he asked the driver for one and a half to Gullane, this was met with hysterical laughter by the driver and all on the bus.
The two of them created a great atmosphere on the bus that morning and had everyone in fits of laughter by telling jokes and getting the people to sing songs ect. It fairly made the drivers day that morning and is one if his greatest memories from his time with the bus company.

Dan Mclean

   

A BUS DRIVERS EVENTFUL DAY
I was driving through Gullane today and the main street was very busy and lined up each side with parked cars, there was a bottle neck where only one vehicle could get through so as you can imagine i sat for a while as traffic was coming from the other side, eventualy a big silver Merc stopped and flashed me though, very decent of the driver I thought as not many will give way to buses these days, asnyways , as i drove past him I gave him a big flash (of my lights before anyone gets the wrong idea) and a friendly wave, the drive waved back and as he did I realised it was Ronnie Corbet, what a big car for such a small guy. This wasnt the first time i have met him as my wifes wee sister used to pall about wi Ronnies daughter when they were in Gullane for their holidays and I would often meet him in the street early mornings on his way to the bakers.

This lead me to thinking, I wonder how many of us have met Celeb's on our buses, I know that once i had Robbie Coltrane on my bus in the mid 80's, he was nipping up to sighthill as he either had friends or relatives up there.
When at eastern on the Citylink work when i was at New Street I often had many of the cast off Take The High Road on my Glasgow 500 as they traveled back and forth on our buses.

This takes me to an event that happened to one of our North Berwick drivers years ago around the early 80's. It was a very warm summers morning and the driver left North Berwick that Saturday morning at around 5.30 am going to the Bus Station in Edinburgh. On his return journey he arrived in Aberlady around 8am and had quie a busy bus as he headed to North Berwick.

Meanwhile Jimmy Tarbuck was staying over at Ronnie Corbets house in Gullane for a few days as they were hoping to get a few round of golf in while the weather had been good. They had got up early that Saturday morning and decided to go for a walk over Gullane golf course, they wandered right over the hill to Aberlady bay and back up to the road leading back to Gullane. They were knackered by this time as they didnt realise how long this walk was so decided to wait to see if a bus was going to turn up to take them back home.

The driver had just left Aberlady and was going along by the Aberlady bay area when he saw two people jumping on the road trying to attract his attention, they were even showing bare legs in jest to try to get the driver to stop and pick them up. The driver noticed who they were and stopped the bus along side them. Ronnie Corbet jumped on the bus first, he nodded and bid the driver a good morning and walked up to the middel of the bus where he took a seat. Jimmy Tarbuck jumped on the bus next, he also bid the driver a good morning and then at the top of his voice so that all on the bus could hear, he asked the driver for one and a half to Gullane, this was met with hysterical laughter by the driver and all on the bus.
The two of them created a great atmosphere on the bus that morning and had everyone in fits of laughter by telling jokes and getting the people to sing songs ect. It fairly made the drivers day that morning and is one if his greatest memories from his time with the bus company.

Dan Mclean

All the best from Peter  Mclachlan from , Australia

Hi All at the Club, Just to let you know that I’ve recently found your site and enjoy watching the re-runs of OTB’s. Happy Christmas to you and keep up the good work, Ex London Cab driver, now retired. C in France

Hello,
My partner and I get a great deal of laughs and enjoyment from watching OTB and would like to express our support for the fan club, which if we've pressed the right buttons we are now linked to.
OTB supplies a homely, nostalgic glimpse at life in the 70's which we totally enjoy. One thing we are particularly enthusiastic about are the scenes around the table at home and in particular the food and crockery on the table!
It might be strange to admit it, okay it is, but we're currently trying to get some OTB crockery, the green ones were so popular back then and once a week we try and have an OTB fry up with sausage, egg, beans, white toast stacked up on a plate, marmalade in a glass bowl and a dirty great big tea pot.
Why did Michael Robbins always eat with his legs crossed?
The episode when Stan leaves for the factory up North and stuffs his dinner in his bus drivers jacket is memorable for the size of the sausages and the scrumptious chips he rams into his pockets.
Happy days, thank you
James Gower and Razia Ehsanullah

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Here we see Dan who sent the story LEFT AND BELOW. He is dressed in old bus uniform similar to those worn in On The Buses.

One night many years ago probably around the late 70's, one of our drivers pulled up outside the depot in his car ready to start a late back shift. He picked up all his gear and proceeded to the rear of the depot to get his vehicle.

Our depot is a small one so at night there is no one around, it is also dark at the rear of the depot and a handy place for courting if you don’t want to be caught.

He jumped into his double deck bus and stared to drive out the depot, as he drove round the corner he picked up speed, then all of a sudden he heard voices, it was one of his co workers who had just finished his shift 30 mins ago and had went up the top rear of the double deck with his girlfriend. The driver slammed the brakes on and ran upstairs to find his co workers with a woman both half naked...

It was a funny event and everyone had a laugh about it,, after this happened there was a joke notice put up in the depot, " would any driver using a bus out the back of the depot for courting purposes please ensure a sign is placed on the bus window to alert any driver who requires the vehicle"..

As you can guess this never happened again...

 

Whilst on a visit to Elstree I passed Bullhead Road where Arthur drives his motorbike into a workmans tent and Olive gets stuck in a manhole.
As I went passed what did I see but two guys working at the side of the road next to where the manhole cover was. What are the chances of that occuring I wonder? 

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Nick and Adam working in the ice and snow keeping an eye out for any motorbike and sidecars sliding down the road.
hi, im adam, the bt engineer, pictured with nick, renewing the junction box in bullhead rd, elstree. the job is now complete, during our 5 day job, we didnt see any motorcycles and sidecars driving into our work tent !!, very good films though, they just dont make them like that, anymore

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Here are some great photos of Poole bus station IN 1976 sent in by Morgan C.

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Here are some more photos kindly sent in by Morgan C.
 I wonder if you only pay half fare on the converted bus below?

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