1954 West Bridgford bus in centenary celebrations

West Bridgford bus from 1954
A 1954 West Bridgford bus was on display during the centenary celebrations in the town centre on Saturday

A 1954 bus from a Nottinghamshire town helped mark 100 years of service for a local transport company.

What is thought to be the last surviving 1954 West Bridgford bus was the focus of the centenary celebrations in the town's shopping area on Central Avenue.

West Bridgford Urban District Transport began serving the community in 1914.

An early West Bridgford motorbus from 1914

In 1968, Nottingham City Transport (NCT) took over operation of the firm's fleet of buses.

Anthony Carver-Smith from NCT, which organised the event, said he was "thrilled to see our bygone buses make a rare appearance".

NCT introduced single-decker buses to try to keep costs down

He said he hoped the 1950s West Bridgford bus would "evoke nostalgic memories" of the era for the community.

"People feel a genuine warmth and fondness when they get to see our bygone buses," Mr Carver-Smith said.

To commemorate the milestone, NCT unveiled a "West Bridgford 100 branded bus", a modern bus made to look like the 1954 vehicle.

A 2014 NCT bus transformed to look like the 1954 West Bridgford bus was also at the celebrations

Mr Carver-Smith said: "Thanks to our new commemorative bus people also get to see just how much our vehicles have changed over the years."

As part of the celebrations, NCT has been urging former customers and employees who used to travel on or work on the buses over the 100 years to share their stories.

An NCT green and cream bus, in the Old Market Square en-route to West Bridgford

"Some of these stories may well become part of a special Centenary Exhibition we're creating later this year," Mr Carver-Smith said.

A Nottingham City Transport bus 100 years later in 2014

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