Hop aboard a vintage bus from King’s Lynn to Hunstanton this weekend - for free

A bus company is celebrating its latest expansion by offering free bus trips to the seaside on Sunday.

Bus company Norfolk Green is marking the first day of its expanded bus

operation in King's Lynn and Hunstanton by running free trips with two vintage buses between the two towns on Sunday.

To mark the end of 80 years of Eastern Counties and First operation of the route, the independent bus company has been given the use of two delightfully restored old Eastern Counties buses.

They are a

1970 Bristol RE single decker that worked from King's Lynn depot from 1972 to 1982 and a 1954

Bristol LD double decker that would have visited King's Lynn in the 1950s and 60s.

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The buses now belong to local owner Julian Patterson and the

Eastern Transport Collection.

Between them they will run as free duplicate buses on Norfolk Green's new 11 route to Hunstanton

via Castle Rising and Sandringham, leaving King's Lynn at 1015, 1115, 1215, 1415 and 1515, and

returning from Hunstanton at 1113, 1213, 1413, 1513 and 1613.

Normal fares will be charged on all other Norfolk Green buses on the route that day.

Norfolk Green, current holder of industry prize UK Bus Operator of the Year title, takes over First's

local routes in King's Lynn and Hunstanton from Sunday. It says the change will mean more frequent services, with buses running bwtween Lynn and Hunstanton up to three times an hour.

'While we are excited at our latest expansion, we also wanted to mark the end of 80 years of service

by First and its predecessor, Eastern Counties Omnibus Company,' said Norfolk Green's commercial

manager Rob Bennett. 'We hope that local people will enjoy a blast from the past with a free ride to

the seaside and back this Sunday. We're very grateful to the vehicle's owners for making them

available to us to use in this way.'

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