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Hundreds enjoy legacy of the past

PUBLISHED: 22:36 08 October 2001 | UPDATED: 10:37 03 March 2010

HUNDREDS of people took a bus journey back to the past when Ipswich Transport Museum gave them the chance to ride on historic exhibits.

The annual bus day at the museum has become a magnet for enthusiasts and families looking for an autumn day out since it was first held in the mid-1990s.

HUNDREDS of people took a bus journey back to the past when Ipswich Transport Museum gave them the chance to ride on historic exhibits.

The annual bus day at the museum has become a magnet for enthusiasts and families looking for an autumn day out since it was first held in the mid-1990s.

This year's event celebrated the 70th anniversary of the formation of Eastern Counties' Buses, and featured old vehicles from the East Anglian company.

The star of the show was the museum's own 1949-vintage single decker bus which has been restored by volunteers over a long period.

Yesterday's event was the first time in more than 20 years that it had carried passengers.

Other exhibits came from transport museums across the area, and gave people the chance to remember the buses that were their route to freedom as they grew up.

Buses ran on old routes to Felixstowe, Tattingstone, Capel St. Mary, and a town circular including a trip over the Orwell Bridge – which children love when they're on the top of a double decker.

Many people came to the museum early because of the poor weather forecast for the afternoon – and organisers were today hailing the event as a great success.

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