What better way to mark the retirement of a dedicated East Midlands busman than take him for a farewell trip aboard a landmark preserved double-decker from the same part of the world? JOHN YOUNG reports and provides the photographs.

Midland General 313 (YNU 351G) outside the lunch venue in Barlborough.
Alan Thorne: a calm voice of reason.

Friday 5 May was a significant day for passenger transport in the Chesterfield area. It formally marked the retirement of Alan Thorne, after 47 years’ dedicated service to the industry.


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