Black Prince buses will be making a special comeback to the Morley roads to sprinkle a little but of festive joy for passengers.
The buses, which are now privately owned by enthusiasts, are being brought back for Christmas Day to serve people needing to get to and from Leeds city centre - in particular hospitals - or to visit family and friends .
Bradley McMullan said: “To have the privilege of owning the Black Prince bus, which holds so many fond childhood memories for me is fantastic in itself, but what makes owning such a machine even more satisfying is sharing it with others- evoking memories of Black Prince in Morley for the passengers who rode the buses and the staff who worked them, while keeping a huge part of our local history alive.
“The success of our Welcome Home-Black Prince Buses event in July prompted me to think “what next”, as the amount of interest was really humbling, so we considered Christmas Day as the perfect opportunity to offer something a little different to our community.”
The service will be run free of charge and will operate every hour from 10.45am to 2.45pm from Morley Tingley Mills, through the town centre, onto Leeds city centre and Leeds General Infirmary, and St James’ Hospital.
Bradley said: “I am really proud of what has been achieved during 2015 with no less than six former Black Prince buses being saved for preservation locally by friends of the company, aided by David Crowther and Jack Berry, so we have lots of future ‘projects’ to keep us busy.
“I really do hope this operation will benefit people in Morley and the surrounding areas who aren’t able to drive, to visit sick relatives in hospital, to get to work or simply visit the pub for a Christmas pint. Season’s Greetings from the whole Black Prince buses family.”
The Christmas Day timetable:
MORLEY - LEEDS
Tingley Mills: 10.15am, 11.15am, 12.15pm, 1.15pm, 3.15pm, 4.15pm, 6.15pm 7.15pm.
Morley Town Hall (stop C): 10.20am, 11.20am, 12.20pm, 1.20pm, 2.20pm, 3.20pm, 4.20pm, 5.20pm, 6.20pm, 7.20pm.
Leeds City Square (stop Z1): 10.35am, 11.35am, 12.35pm, 1.35pm, 2.35pm, 3.35pm, 4.35pm, 5.35pm, 6.35pm, 7.35pm.
Leeds Calverley Street (stop Y11) (LGI): 10.40am, 11.40am, 12.40pm, 1.40pm, 2.40pm, 3.40pm, 4.40pm, 5.40pm, 6.40pm, 7.40pm.
Leeds St James’ Hospital: 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3.45pm, 4.45pm, 6.45pm, 7.45pm.
Leeds St James’ Hospital: 10.45am, 11.45am, 12.45pm, 1.45pm, 2.45pm, 3,45pm, 4.45pm, 6.45pm, 7.45pm, 8.15pm.
Leeds Vicar Lane (stop M7): 10.50am, 11.50am, 12.50pm, 1.50pm, 2.50pm, 3.50pm, 4.50pm, 5.50pm, 6.50pm, 7.50pm, 8.20pm.
Morley Town Hall (stop D): 11.05pm, 12.05pm, 1.05pm, 2.05pm, 3.05pm, 4.05pm, 5.05pm, 6.05pm, 7.05pm, 8.35pm.
Morley Tingley Mills: 11.10am, 12.10pm, 1.10pm, 2.10pm, 3.10pm, 4.10pm, 5.10pm, 6.10pm, 7.10pm, 8.40pm.