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The Bus Lives

The Bus Lives

Published: Friday, August 22, 2014
Category: Archive

NORMAL SERVICE HAS BEEN RESUMED!!.....no more marquee replacement services


The Bus, or a bus at County Shows, Field Days and  Ploughing Matches, has long been synonamous with Pearce Seeds , in fact Founder of Pearce Seeds the late Michael Pearce use to have the catch phrase, 
“See the Bus, talk to us” when promoting the shows we were going to. With the old bus getting more difficult to transport to shows last year the decision was made to find a replacement and so for the last 12 months Pearce Seeds have been without a bus.  However the 2014 Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show saw the official opening of the new bus and new livery when it was opened by the joint Show Presidents Alan and Nancy Roberts, and so ending the 12 month hyatus or "Marquee Replacement Service" as it became known.

The old bus first appeared at the Gillingham and Shaftesbury Show in 1998, and was an old 1960’s Northampton Leyland Olympian.  The interior had been gutted to make way for tables and chairs/sofas and a kitchenette that could be used for catering of our guests at the show.  The old bus was painted in the “Pearce Seeds Green” livery and  purpose built marquee/awning was designed to add additional seating area outdoors.
From 1998 to 2013 the bus was a regular feature at shows throughout the South West where it was taken to Melplash, Dorchester, The Dairy Show, and the Grasslands Show each year. 
With the old bus being near pensioner age, it became more difficult to get “her” to shows which were further away like the Honiton and Kingsbridge Show that we now attend. The Marquee which was made from old scaffolding poles was also becoming cumbersome given the new developments for marquees and awnings so the decision to “let the old girl go” was made.  With a top speed somewhere between 30 and 40mph depending on which side of the hill you were on, the gruelling trip to Warwickshire was made by our Transport Manager and Chief Mechanic who drove the bus to the new buyer.  The bus was sold to one of our suppliers who also runs a Children’s “Dinosaur” Farm in Warwickshire and has been revived as a canteen or “Dino Diner” on the adventure farm.

The new bus is a 1998 Northern Counties Palatine Volvo Olympian, which has again been gutted and refitted to make way for tables and comfortable seating and a mini kitchenette, and provision is made for undercover/outdoor seating.  The bus has been wrapped in the  image of the sun setting over West Dorset from Pilsden Pen, which now fits with all Pearce Seeds marketing material.

Article by Andrew Clune.

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