As one of the longest stretches of ownership by the same family in the bus industry, Safeguard Coaches has hit the 100-year milestone. MARK LYONS details the company’s path to the present day

This photograph is believed to show the first charabanc operated by Arthur Newman in 1924.

Immediately after the first world war, many haulage businesses were established by returning servicemen taking advantage of the ready availability of surplus military vehicles. Several of these began running buses and coaches.

An unidentified Duple-bodied Dennis Lancet is seen passing newly built houses in Southway in around 1935.

Guildford was a frontier town between Aldershot & District (A&D), which had served the town since 1914, and East Surrey which first operated in the area in 1921. This created an environment in which smaller operators could find their niche, although most have fallen by the wayside.

Coal and charabancs

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