Bus driver Roy takes trip down memory lane

132044_BUS_DRIVER_23/7/13''Roy Scaddan, (87) a retired bus driver, visits the City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132044-233)
132044_BUS_DRIVER_23/7/13''Roy Scaddan, (87) a retired bus driver, visits the City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot, Portchester. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (132044-233)
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PENSIONER Roy Scaddan used to drive the buses around Portsmouth in the 1950s.

And now the 87-year-old has had a trip down memory lane as he had the chance to ride on an old bus as part of his birthday present.

The trip was organised with the City of Portsmouth Preserved Transport Depot (CPPTD) based in Portchester.

He had the chance to have a look at all the old buses and even got a half-hour drive around the area up to Portsdown Hill.

Mr Scaddan, from Battery Close in Gosport, drove buses from 1949 until 1959, earning £9 a week for 48 hours work.

He said: ‘I enjoyed it very much because it brought back some memories seeing the old buses. They were very helpful.

‘They got an old motor bus out which was driveable and they took us for a ride out.

‘It was a very nice experience for me. I thoroughly enjoyed it.’

The CPPTD is a registered charity which conserves and preserves old vehicles, including buses.

Roy’s son David, 61, from Havant, arranged the trip for him. ‘He became a bus driver just after the war,’ he said.

‘Of all his jobs the bus job was something that holds a special place in his heart. At times we talk about it. He’s got lots of good stories to tell me of those years.

‘He’s got a real interest and a real connection with it. He really enjoyed it.’

Clive Wilkin is a founder member of the CPPTD.

He said: ‘We are very happy to have private parties. We have people coming in and looking around in little groups every so often.This was different because he used to drive the buses in the late 40s.

‘As we are preserving buses from before that era right up to the 70s we thought he might be interested. He did enjoy himself.

‘The old buses have character which they don’t have these days.’