Coaches conjure up fond memories from childhood

Fred York took this picture on June 1, 1966, in West Street, Fareham.  It shows a 32-year-old Provincial single decker in the background. The Royal Blue coach is en route to Portsmouth on the famous South Coast Express service

Fred York took this picture on June 1, 1966, in West Street, Fareham. It shows a 32-year-old Provincial single decker in the background. The Royal Blue coach is en route to Portsmouth on the famous South Coast Express service

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Before the days of the M27, all holiday traffic had to travel through Fareham town centre – including holiday coaches.

John Sherwin thought this picture from West Street, Fareham dating back to the 1960s would bring back a few memories, especially for the bus aficionados among you.

He is the chairman of The Provincial Society, which brings together people interested in all aspects of the former Provincial Tramways Company, the Gosport and Fareham Omnibus Company and the Provincial Bus Company, together with all successor and associated companies from 1878 to the present day.

The picture was taken by Fred York, whose photographs have now been gathered to form a small book produced by the society. He took it on June 1, 1966, when West Street was also the A27.

John said: ‘I admire Fred’s generosity to allow us all to share his photo album with some wonderful scenes from bygone Fareham.

‘The joy of his photographs is that he captures the essence of the time with fashions, street furniture and cars of the period to create a fascinating composition.’

Fred had enough pictures to produce three books, but the first, called Strangers In Town, shows many of the coach firms which travelled through Fareham in the 1960s.

John added: ‘They were delightful names which conjure up fond childhood memories. Names such as East Kent, Royal Blue, Trent, Crosville, Northern General and Barton as well as some independents usually on hire to the larger companies during the busy holiday period, are shown.

‘Fred’s is a keen and active member of the society and his special style of describing the scene in words and pictures gives him a unique place in the history of transport.’

· Strangers In Town (£6.50) will be launched at the society’s indoor Transport Fair at Portchester Parish Hall from 11am on October 22. More details provincialsociety.org.

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