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Merton Bus Garage is 100 years old – Open Day Sun 17 Nov

Annette Taylor-Anderson on old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday

This afternoon, I decided to go for a walk to Wimbledon.  Just as I reached Merton Bus Garage, I saw loads of people standing around with their cameras, I wondered what was going on? and then to my surprise, I saw an old London bus (early Routemaster ?), with an old advert for Jacob’s Cream Crackers on the side.  I was so excited to see this as I love the old London buses especially the Routemaster, it fits in nicely with my wall coverings and murals collection for “All Things British” launched earlier this year.   The bus parked up, so I was eager to speak to the bus conductor to find out what was happening. He said that it’s Merton Bus Garage’s 100th birthday, and to celebrate, they were holding an Open Day for the public to see the buses that had passed through the garage down the years.  So, with a huge grin on my face, I ran over to the bus garage, wow! I was in omni-heaven…old buses were everywhere, the oldest was from 1926 and the newest was the recently designed Thomas Heatherwick Routemaster lookalike being introduced on routes over the last couple of years, and I was able to board most of them, though sadly not the 1926 model.  There were also bus tours going up to Wimbledon Village.  What I love about these buses are the old adverts…pure classics!  They even had a “Do Not Spit Penalty” fine sign inside the bus.  My all time dream is to one day design seat covers for the buses, or even for the trains or tubes, who knows.

Now, I didn’t have my camera with me, but luckily my phone camera was up to the job…so here are the pictures, enjoy!

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

John Bull Advert on Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Biro Advert on Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Let the Bus Go First Sign on Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Do Not Spit Sign on Old London Bus during Merton Bus Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day

Man on Old London Bus during Merton Garage 100th Birthday - Open Day