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Looking back at life on the buses

DORRIDGE resident Mrs G Hales wrote to the Solihull News after reading our features on Midland Red buses - stories, she said that sparked memories of her grandfather who also worked for the organisation.

DORRIDGE resident Mrs G Hales wrote to the Solihull News after reading our features on Midland Red buses - stories, she said that sparked memories of her grandfather who also worked for the organisation.

“My grandfather, William George, known as Bill was working for the Midland Red in Digbeth when my mother was a baby”, said the Poplar Road resident.

“She was born in 1908. I think they were horse -drawn then with straw on the floor. I was born in 1936, my brother 1932 and my sister in 1942. We all went to St Alphege School on the 154 bus which had an open platform at the back and no heating.”

Mrs Hales lived in Cranmore Road and recalls the 181 bus picking up people from Reeds Cases and Carrs Paper which then travelled up Cranmore Road. As children, Mrs Hales and her friends would play with a skipping rope stretched across the road which they would lay down as the bus approached.

“When I started work in 1951 I used several buses to get to Birmingham;154,181,153 and 150 which was the Birmingham to Stratford upon Avon bus. They all stopped outside St Martin’s in the Bullring. My grandfather had by then been a driver for many years with many stories to tell. He then started taking two week tours to Devon, Cornwall, Wales and Scotland. We used to go to Devon for our holidays by coach and he used to change his shift so that he drove our coach to Devon and also to bring us home.”

Bill died in the late 70s but not before surviving the Boer War and the World War 1.

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