Safeguard to celebrate centenary

Safeguard Coaches is marking 100 years of business with a celebratory event at Guildford Cathedral. The free event takes place on Saturday 16 March between 12pm and 4pm. Attendees will also be given a free ride on a heritage bus, with a fleet of six running on the day.

The buses are to be provided by London Bus Museum and private owners and include:

  • 1949 prototype AEC Regal 4 single-decker
  • 1950 Dennis Lancet single-decker
  • 1953 single-deck AEC RF-type
  • 1954 double-deck AEC RT-type
  • 1964 double-deck AEC Renown
  • 1970 single-deck Leyland Panther

The event will also include bus washing, a heritage bus display, arts and crafts, talks and stalls.

Attendees on the day will get the chance to purchase an exclusive centenary celebration book, proceeds from which will support The Fountain Centre at the Royal Surrey County Hospital. The charity has been chosen by the Safeguard team who lost a cherished member of staff to cancer last year.

The event will be opened by Guildford’s Mayor, Cllr Musak Miah, compered by broadcaster and transport enthusiast Dave Guest and include a presentation by local historian David Rose.

As parking is not available at the Cathedral, the heritage buses will also be transporting visitors to the event from Guildford town centre, railway station and Onslow Park & Ride as well as from Park Barn – which Safeguard Coaches has served since it was built in the 1950s.

Andrew Halliday, Managing Director at Safeguard Coaches, said: “We’re all so proud to have reached this incredible milestone and want to share the celebration transport enthusiasts from all over England. It promises to be a fantastic day, and I am looking forward to seeing everybody there.”

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