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I very much enjoyed reading the piece on Leyland Nationals at 50 (Buses July). I can still vividly recall my first ride on a National, Lincolnshire 2803 (UFE 805M). This was one of the operator's first batch of four and was allocated to Grantham, where I lived at the time.

As a young enthusiast, on my 11th birthday, May 3, 1974, the local team had arranged for it to operate service 31 to Knipton on the journey I used to return home from school. The bus was very new - possibly only its third day in service.

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