Images provide an insight into life on the buses

A Scarborough man whose father was a bus driver for 40 years has shared some fascinating old photographs of life “on the buses”.

Ted Botterill, of Castle Road, said his sister Kath Spence had found the pictures while sorting through some old family photographs.

He said: “They belonged to my father, George Botterill, but I don’t think we know anyone on them.

“We just thought that people might be interested to see them.” The picture of the bus with “Scarborough, Scalby, Cloughton, Allans Motor Service” painted on the side features a note on the back that it was the first bus that George ever drove.

It also states the bus was an 18-seater and that the picture was taken in Scalby Village in 1927.

The bus with bunting along the top is a Daimler decker, from 1923, which was decorated for the May Day procession.

The vehicle showing an advert for Robinsons Coals was the first decker ever to run in Scarborough, according to the handwritten note on the back of the picture.

It also states it was on hire from the London General Omnibus Company (LGOC).

George Botterill spent his most of his career with United buses and is believed to have driven an estimated one million miles during his 40 years’ service.

He lived for many years at Burniston, later moving to Gristhorpe, and began bus driving with Allans Motor Service in 1927.

Mr Botterill travelled all over the British Isles, driving on coach trips for the company.

During the Second World War, Mr Botterill worked aboard a salvage ship, salvaging ships between the Humber and Berwick-upon-Tweed. Mr Botterill’s retirement, in 1969, began appropriately after a “busman’s holiday” - a six-day coach tour of Scotland.