LAURENCE KNIGHT comes over all nostalgic about family holidays spent on the Isle of Wight in the 1970s when Lodekkas, seemingly ancient K-types and growing numbers of new VRs and Leyland Nationals presented the appearance of a big fleet in microcosm

Recapturing Southern Vectis from the time that Laurence Knight first visited the Isle of Wight is this 2018 view of 611 (CDL 479C), an ECWbodied Bristol Lodekka FLF6G new in 1965 and now part of the Isle of Wight Bus Museum collection. It was operating in Ryde.

I was filled with horror by my father`s statement: ‘This year we`re going to the Isle of Wight for our holidays.’ What? No more fascinating car journeys to the Norfolk coast? No chance to observe the buses of Cambridge and Norwich, the cherry red Bristol/ECWs of Eastern Counties contrasting with the green of those of my native United Counties?

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