Bluebird Tiger bus: next stop, London!

All aboard. Promotional girls beside the bus at the NEC, from left, Gina Basham, Lora Eshelby, and former Miss Scarborough Alice Czyz. And below the Bluebird employees and the restored bus.
All aboard. Promotional girls beside the bus at the NEC, from left, Gina Basham, Lora Eshelby, and former Miss Scarborough Alice Czyz. And below the Bluebird employees and the restored bus.

A BUS restored by a group of Scarborough apprentices has been on display ahead of its role in the London Mayor’s Show.

Approximately 10,000 motoring enthusiasts flocked to the Birmingham NEC for a trade event, and caught a glimpse of the 82-year-old Leyland Tiger.

The top team of apprentices and experienced craftsmen at Bluebird Vehicles Ltd who are restoring a 1929 Leyland Tiger TS2 bus, now working to get it ready for the Lord Mayor's Parade, through the City of London on Saturday 12 November.'From left, Mick Wilks, Duncan Ibbotson, Mick Casey, Robbie Crowe, Jordan Mintoft, Bernard Moment, and Richard Cowling.  Pictures by Andrew Higgins  113346b  19/08/11

The top team of apprentices and experienced craftsmen at Bluebird Vehicles Ltd who are restoring a 1929 Leyland Tiger TS2 bus, now working to get it ready for the Lord Mayor's Parade, through the City of London on Saturday 12 November.'From left, Mick Wilks, Duncan Ibbotson, Mick Casey, Robbie Crowe, Jordan Mintoft, Bernard Moment, and Richard Cowling. Pictures by Andrew Higgins 113346b 19/08/11

It is the first time the bus has been displayed publicly since it was painstakingly restored by apprentices at Bluebird Vehicles following a request from incoming Lord Mayor of London, Bradford-born David Wooton, for Yorkshire to have an entry in the show on November 12.

The show, which will be watched by a television audience of millions, will see Whitby steam bus Elizabeth join the Tiger along its route.

All of the apprentices and staff involved with the project will be on board as it makes its way along the procession, and Managing Director of Bluebird, Rob Miller, said that if the response to the vehicle is anything like they have received at this week’s trade event, then all the hard work will have been worthwhile. Mr Miller said: “We’ve had a fantastic response at this week’s event, and people’s reaction to the bus has simply been phenomenal.

The bus is due back in Scarborough this weekend, and residents will be able to take a look themselves next week as it will be displayed at the Spa Complex from Monday to Wednesday.

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Apprentices at the company will then begin a new project, which will see them restore a vintage Bedford OB Chassis.