Birthday party for bus company

CAKE CUTTING: Hulleys transport manager Richard Eades cuts the cake at the company's 90th birthday celebrations
CAKE CUTTING: Hulleys transport manager Richard Eades cuts the cake at the company's 90th birthday celebrations

IT was a night to remember when bus workers and enthusiasts came together to celebrate 90 years of helping people get about.

Staff members past and present from Hulleys of Baslow held a 90th birthday celebration for the company at The Institute in Ashford in the Water on the evening of Thursday, April 28.

They were joined by members of Chesterfield Bus Society Transpire and friends.

Organised by Transpire committee member and Hulleys driver Dennis Vickers, events included an evening tour from Chesterfield Town Hall using a bus from the current Hulleys fleet.

The bus followed route 1 to Bakewell via Baslow then on to Middleton by Youlgrave driven by Roger Kaye.

Time was allowed for photo stops en route before the onward journey to Ashford where a buffet meal was enjoyed and a presentation of Hulley’s memorabilia was on show.

The memorabilia included a huge display of photographs from the collection of Transpire member and bus driver Andrew Bagshaw, including the 1921 Ford Model T shown in last week’s Mercury.

The collection featured the company’s latest buses, including the new Alexander Enviro 200 bodied Dennis Dart MX11 CZM which was officially the first new 2011 registered bus to enter service in Derbyshire this year.

The new bus was also represented in the form of a surprise cake, made by cake maker Catherine Green.

The cake was cut by operations manager Richard Eades.

Mr Eades was presented with a special certified framed presentation of photographs of buses from the Hulleys of Baslow fleet spanning the 90 years the company has been active.

Mr Eades said that the photograph would be taking up pride of place on his office wall.