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Vintage celebrations at resort
Transport festival in Llandudno
Owners will show vintage vehicles over festival weekend

A popular north Wales seaside resort has enjoyed a 1930s bank holiday weekend with the arrival of a stream of vintage buses to the town.

One of the vehicles trundling into Llandudno on Friday was the 1920 White Rose bus which retraced the route it regularly made 75 years ago from Rhyl to Llandudno.

The recently renovated 1923 Leyland bus made the journey to open the town's annual Transport Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year.

Joining the White Rose bus over the 3 day event were the Great Orme buses which are credited with helping to bring more tourists into the area.

They were brought in 75 years ago to take visitors up the scenic Orme route.


Llandudno grew into one of Wales' largest resorts in the Victorian and Edwardian eras.

The Transport Festival is held in conjunction with the Victorian Extravaganza day in which the town's heritage is celebrated in costumes, a vintage fairground and other attractions.

It also coincides with a 75 Years of Transport exhibition at Llandudno museum which traces the transport history of the town.

The trustees of the museum have received a 4,261 lottery grant to display equipment, exhibition panels, materials.

Llandudno Bay
Llandudno became a popular Victorian resort

In welcoming the award, Museum Chairman, Councillor Philip Evans, said: "This is a real boost to the Museum and it is pleasing to know that such funding is available for worthwhile local projects such as ours."

Although the buses drove through the town and along the old Orme route, the main festival focus was on the seaside showground on Bodafon fields.

Vintage and classic tractors were on display along with 75 buses, 130 commercial vehicles, 80 stationary engines, 125 motorcycles and 350 classic and vintage cars.

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