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Buses at Spence's 1930's
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Buses at Spence's 1930's

This picture is a postcard submitted by Norma Campbell, showing an early travel centre at the open space next to where Spence's paper shop is now. Black's shop has now gone.

This was the bus atation then and in the foreground is Bill Swannie with the Holm bus, and in the background is Davie Laughton with the Deerness bus.

The date is an estimate.

Click to View See picture #142 for a more contemporary view.
Picture added on 20 May 2004
I can just remember the charabangs? if thats the proper spelling now, though the ones I do recall had a detached roof that was like the pram hoods brow. And yes I was born in that era July 1932 to be precise, although some parts are a bit hazy I remember vanilla icecream was very nice. And petrol pumps had to be wound up as if you were trying to start a car, I remember that part vividly as an apprentice in the 40's that time will never mar. The seaside trips was of that time each outing was the best, then none of us were allowed to play in what was commonly called a vest.
Added by MATT ROONEY on 05 February 2005
This was where the buses for the East Mainland left. Buses for the West Mainland left from Nicolson's garage opposite where the present Post Office is. The comment below the photo creates a wrong impression re "bus Station" as though all buses left from here. When Nicolson first started he did leave from Broad Street but after getting his garage on Junction Rd he left from there.
Added by David Partner on 16 December 2015
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