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Historic buses shown off on roads around Ipswich to launch museum year

PUBLISHED: 11:19 09 April 2017 | UPDATED: 11:19 09 April 2017

Ancient and modern: The 1939 Westcliff bus next to its modern First Bus successor at the Ipswich Bus Rally. Picture: PAUL GEATER

Ancient and modern: The 1939 Westcliff bus next to its modern First Bus successor at the Ipswich Bus Rally. Picture: PAUL GEATER

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Scores of buses from around the country took to the roads in and around Ipswich on Sunday to mark the start of the new season for Ipswich Transport Museum.

More than 30 vehicles took part in the Ipswich Bus Rally. Picture: PAUL GEATERMore than 30 vehicles took part in the Ipswich Bus Rally. Picture: PAUL GEATER

The museum’s bus rally was based at the car park in Portman Road with visiting vehicles from across the country taking part – buses in Sunderland and Northampton colours were taking part in the event.

Visitors could ride on one of the buses to the museum itself in Cobham Road or take a trip to Tattingstone or over the Orwell Bridge.

Organiser Richard Walker said: “We did this last year and its a good way to start the season for the museum.

“We’ve been incredibly lucky with the weather this year – a week before Easter and we could have ended with slush and whatever so to have it like this is absolutely fantastic.”

Bus rally organiser Richard Walker. Picture: PAUL GEATERBus rally organiser Richard Walker. Picture: PAUL GEATER

The buses ranged in age from a 1939 double-decker from Westcliff on Sea in Essex to a 2011 First Bus from Essex.

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