Hello fellow passengers,
Welcome to this months news letter
HOLIDAY ON THE BUSES event.
Well this coming weekend is our HOLIDAY ON THE BUSES
weekender staying at Pontins Prestatyn where the movie was filmed. Thank you to everyone who has booked, see you there soon
ON THE BUSES 2019 Calendars.
Well it is getting to that time of year
again, so the ON THE BUSES 2019 wall calendars will go on sale at the end of this month. A different picture for each month
plus one cover photo, treat yourself or they make for a great Christmas present that lasts the whole year. They are £12.99
each including P & P with a donation from ach one sold going to charity.
For the last 5 years we have sold out,
so to reserve yours please email email@example.com (send no payment now).
How did you end up running the fan-club.
is a question that gets asked of me from time to time so here goes:-
ON THE BUSES was a classic of it’s time,
I didn’t know that all those many years ago when the series started but let me tell you why and also how I became a
fan and ended up running the ON THE BUSES fan club.
When I was about 10 years old my family and I got stuck
on a bus in Whitefield Bus Station. This occurred due to heavy fog and an Inspector saying it was unsafe to go on. Even at
that age I noticed the banter and camaraderie between bus crews as we passed away the time sat on a bus going nowhere.
Then years later along came ON THE BUSES and my memories came flooding back of my adventure as a youngster.
Remember the episode ‘FOGGY NIGHT’
The characters in ON THE BUSES were cast brilliantly;
there was Stephen Lewis as ‘Blakey’ with all that is officialdom and pompousness in an authority figure, but always
being brought back down to earth by Stan and Jack.
Blakey is a classic character of TV and of the bus industry, the
Captain Manering (Dads Army) of his day.
Reg Varney as Stan Butler was the cheeky chappie who had his heart in the right
place, looking after his family and loyal to his mates. Especially Jack as played by Bb Grant, Jack was the man about down,
the ducker and diver but also a ladies man. Then of course there was Mum, the one that held the family together even when
Stan tried to break away.
Then you have Olive and Arthur that couple of happily married bliss that could keep a relate
bureau busy for months. Olive always seeing the best in everything even her husband Arthur He was the opinionated and not
to hard working man and thought himself a little less common than the family he married into.
the writing talents of Ronald Wolfe and Ronald Chesney you cared about what happened to the characters and laughed along with
them at the antics they got up to. Sharing in the fun and feeling as though the ‘Butler Clan’ could have easily
been the family from next door to were you lived.
All the ingredients blended together to create something that was
to strike a cord with viewing public.
It was about working class people who were proud to be working class, trying to
get by one day at a time, just like many others of that era. It was a show that was to reflect the times and a programme the
whole family could watch together... Viewers tuning in weekly to see what antics the crew would get up to. When the theme
music started you knew you could sit back relax and have a laugh with the crew of the number 11 bus. Add to that the buses,
the ‘clippies’ and the other ‘birds’ what more could an adolescent teenager want in a TV show.
So after the delight of watching some of the series it was to turn up on the big screen at cinemas and along with millions
of others we flocked along to watch it, most traveling on a bus to reach the cinema.
Years later a fan
club magazine came along run by Phil and Nick so I fast became a member and we were treated to ON THE BUSES bi monthly fanzines.
When they decided to end the fan club over 16 years ago my heart sank but hey I had a computer maybe I could put a web site
up for ON THE BUSES so all may not be lost. I did create a web site after many cups of tea and few weeks crashing around on
the computer. I thought maybe one or two fans would contact me.
YOU HAVE NEW MAIL! 136 to be exact. Cor
Blimey! As Stan would say, I’ve been spammed. Hang on though ON THE BUSES, ON THE BUSES, ON THE BUSES, There were emails
from the UK, but also America New Zealand, Australia and other countries all from people asking questions and saying how much
they loved ON THE BUSES. A phone call later and I had been given the green light to take up the running of the fan club.
It was not meant to be highbrow but fun to watch and deservedly so it has become a classic sit com with the passage of
time. I may not be that teenager now (far from it) but watching re runs the magic of it all is still there to be seen and
now being enjoyed by a new generation.
So here we are today still celebrating ON THE BUSES and it was a
delight to help in bringing it to you. I hope you enjoy it and would like to say a special DING DING! to all our newsletter
THE BUSES fan club
web site; www.onthebusesfanclub.com
Now in our 16th year
Facebook page now over 15,000 members
Nostalgia Never goes out of fashion