Dr Jim Young, Channel Islands and East Anglia expert


Dr Jim Young, founder of the Channel Islands Bus Society, editor of all 152 issues of its newsletter, and self-published author of three recently reviewed picture albums about the independent operators of London and East Anglia in the early 1960s, died in hospital in London on 10 February, around one month after contracting Covid-19.

He was born in 1947 and grew up in Hainault, then in Essex, now Greater London. His lifelong interest in the Channel Islands started in 1960 when he and his mother spent a summer holiday on Jersey, one of the attractions being that Jersey Motor Transport had recently purchased some RTL-class Leyland Titan PD2 doubledeckers from London Transport. Two of them were from his local garage, Seven Kings, and consequent of special interest to him.

He went on to study geography at Nottingham University and upon graduating became a lecturer at what was then Trent Polytechnic, now Nottingham Trent University, where he remained until he retired.

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