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CVF29T - Bristol VRT
Series 3 ECW

New Great Yarmouth as 29 02/79
VRT/SL3/1691ECW 23456
Great Yarmouth 02/79 - 09/96
Eastern Counties 09/96 - 03/02
Listed Scrapped, Jordan’s Coltishall
Peters, Mundesley 12/03-09/20
Eastern Counties BPG 09/20

CVF29T a Bristol VR ECW body numbered 23456 has been residing in North Norfolk since December 2003, after being exchanged with Ben Jordan (breaker) for Mick's Bedford Plaxton Supreme, TNX 901T.

Of course 29 was new to Great Yarmouth Corporation in February 1979, some 20 years before our first group vehicle 574! 29 will be known as “Blue Peter” - firstly to mark the legacy of Mick and Judy Peters' sheer efforts to keep this vehicle so well kept at their home in North Norfolk, and also because our eventual plans will be to restore 29 back to Great Yarmouth Transport blue with cream relief stripes livery with the “BLUE BUSES” strap lines that were worn in the 1980s/90s, which is very much at the heart of our chairman Jamie's first memories of holidaying in Great Yarmouth. 29 worked solely from Caister Road, Great Yarmouth, from February 1979 - firstly for Great Yarmouth Corporation, which then changed in 1986 to Great Yarmouth Transport “BLUE BUSES”.

In September 1996, First Eastern Counties took over operations of Great Yarmouth Transport with 29 becoming First Blue Bus branded and renumbered 329. Not long after, in 1997, Flying Banana was purchased - incorporating the last competitor the easterly town had! 329 continued to work from the coastal town until finally being withdrawn in March 2002, some 23 years after it entered traffic at Great Yarmouth.

29 then went to Ben Jordan’s, Coltishall (breaker) and the story should have ended there... but there was a twist! In December 2003, it went to spend its retirement in North Norfolk - and the rest, as they say, is history. 329 became the family “summer house”, but is now getting its 3rd lease of life.

This has only been successful with the help of Mark Judd at MR Judd Commercials. But our biggest thanks has to go to Mick and Judy for allowing us the chance to take on this project, which will be worked on alongside our other ongoing projects.

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