On Wednesday 26th July Aldeburgh got a new bus service – with a difference!
Ermintrude, an 88 year-old single-deck bus normally runs the service between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. Florence, her 51 year-old younger sister may need to take over from time-to-time.No need to book - just hop on and off at any bus stop along the route or put your hand out where there are no bus stops
There is a conductor on board to take the fares and give advice on fares and times as well as information about the places along the route.
There are eight round trips daily between Aldeburgh and Thorpeness. The service runs on Wednesdays and Sundays as well as August Bank Holiday.
The service actually starts at Rendlesham and passes through Tunstall and Snape Maltings so people can get to Aldeburgh on Ermintrude without parking problems and return after an enjoyable day at the seaside.Details of the service and timetables are freely available in Aldeburgh at the Tourist Information Centre and various shops, hotels and pubs. You can also get details from our Facebook page 'Buckland Buses'
Ermintrude is possibly the oldest bus in the UK still licensed to carry passengers. She started life in Accrington, east Lancashire in 1929 and is painted in the Accrington Corporation livery of dark blue, red and black. Red and dark blue were the regimental colours of the East Lancs Regiment and the colour scheme commemorates the Accrington Pals Battalion which was almost wiped out during the first day of the Battle of the Somme 100 years ago. Of some 720 Accrington Pals who took part in the attack, 584 were killed, seriously wounded or missing.
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