Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

Hadleigh/ Stowmarket: Beestons eyes further expansion following acquisition of John’s Tours

PUBLISHED: 18:21 06 January 2014 | UPDATED: 18:21 06 January 2014

Kevin Creswell, left of John's Tours, with and David Burrows of Beestons.

Kevin Creswell, left of John's Tours, with and David Burrows of Beestons.

Hadleigh-based bus and coach operator Beestons has expanded with the acquisition of John’s Tours following the retirement of its founder.

John’s Tours was launched by John Cresswell 24 years ago with one vehicle after he won a school contract and later branched out into areas including day-trips, holidays and tours.

After a total of 52 years in the bus sector he originally trained as a driver with Mulley’s Motorways in Ixworth, near Bury St Edmunds Mr Cresswell has now decided to call it a day.

Four John’s Tours vehicles will be added to the Beestons fleet and Mr Cresswell’s son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Ann Cresswell, are joining the Beestons workforce.

The vehicles will continue to operate under the John’s Tours brand, at least for the duration of the firm’s 2014 programme of trips, although they will now be based at Beestons’ depot, just outside Hadleigh, near Wolves Wood, rather than at their former base in Stowmarket.

One of a number of school contracts recently relinquished by John’s Tours has also been won back by Beestons following a tendering process, and Ann Cresswell will become the driver on this route. David Burrows, training and development manager at Beestons, said the two companies were a good match, with John’s Tours having focused recently on holidays and tours, while Beestons’ operations apart from its timetabled bus services focused on day 
excursions, such as shows in London.

The John’s Tours holidays programme for 2014 begins next month with an entertainment break in Eastbourne with other destinations including Northern Ireland in April, Newquay in June, Yorkshire in July, Torquay in August and the First World War Battlefields in September.

It is also running a three-day Downton Abbey-themed break in August.

Beestons currently operates a fleet of around 40 vehicles, with a split of about two-thirds buses and one-third coaches.

It operates about a dozen bus routes in Suffolk and north Essex, serving towns including Hadleigh, Sudbury, Ipswich, Colchester and Woodbridge, while coach trip destinations include major shopping centres and historic buildings as well as a wide range of West End shows in London.

Tom Munson, operations director at Beestons, said: “Further acquisitions within our operating territory are a possibility. We are looking to expand.”

0 comments

A 333 mile journey home for the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation finished on Saturday when the Hike4Hopey charity walkers arrived at St James’ Park, Newcastle.

Firefighters tackled a “needless” blaze at the former Manganese Bronze plant in Ipswich on Sunday night.

The fire in the top floor of the two-storey derelict building, behind houses on Hadleigh Road, was caused by trespassers.
 The fire was reported at around 5.30pm on April 30 and six crews, including an aerial appliance, were expected to battle the blaze for several hours last night.
 Station Commander Jon Southgate, of Princes Street station, said the fire was caused by someone deliberately or accidentally setting the fire.
 “There are numerous discarded needles around the site and from experience we know there will be needles inside as well,” he said. “We will not be entering the building because I want to ensure the safety of our firefighters. 
 “It is a shame that we are now going to have four crews fighting a completely needless and preventable fire.”

Seven suspected Ukrainian illegal immigrants have been arrested after their yacht ran aground on the Suffolk coast today.

It may have been a forgettable season finish for Blues fans at Portman Road on Saturday – but one moment of magic should cheer even the most desolate of supporters.

Former Bread star Giles Watling is hoping to make it third time lucky when he tries again to be elected as Conservative MP for Clacton next month.

Ipswich Town’s home campaign finished with a typically forgettable 1-0 defeat to Sheffield Wednesday on Saturday. Blues reporter STUART WATSON gives his verdict.

A critical care nurse is to take on her first ever open-water swimming challenge in memory of her best friend who she lost to meningitis.

One sixth form in Ipswich experienced the glitz and glamour of Hollywood with its own red carpet event last week for its film students.

Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell helped give Ipswich Labour Party a big boost at the start of the General Election as the star guest at the town’s May Day Festival in Alexandra Park.

Could you open your home to one of these cats and dogs all looking for new homes?

Most read

Most commented

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Topic pages

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
MyDate24 MyPhotos24