Bringing People Together
At the Open Day at Fulwell Garage on Saturday 12th May, Dr.Vince Cable described the event as "real social history." By bringing London's first and last Trolleybuses back to Fulwell, thousands were able to see these magificent vehicles and clamber over them. It's particularly significant that London's very last Trolleybus number 1521 ran through Hampton and Hampton Hill in the early hours of Wednesday 9th May 1962, on into Fulwell Depot thus ending 31 years of Trolleybus operation in London. At it's peak the network spanned 255 miles of the capital and utilised 1811 vehicles. Both 1521 and A1 'Diddler', which went into service from Fulwell on 6th May 1931, were towed down from The East Angila Transport Museum especially for the event.
The main film of the Open Day went up on You Tube yesterday.
The film was made by local film maker Alan Benns.
The success of the Open Day and the free bus rides on Simon Douglas Lane's 60 year old London Green Line RT 3491 to and from Hampton Hill has lead to us to lay on another free bus service for the Hampton Hill Summer Festival on Saturday 14th July. This time it will be with preserved Routemaster RM 613 which will be running hourly, non-stop tours from The Star to Hampton Court via Hampton, back to The Star, up to Fulwell Garage to turn round and back to The Star.RM 613 was buit in 1961.
Trolleybus 50 memorabilia, map mugs and dvds of the film will be avialable at The Star on Festival Day. All proceeds to Hampton Hill based charity SOS!Sppecial Educational Needs. It all starts at midday.