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Visitors see the last buses to leave Jimmy’s End depot in Northampton

David and Angie Wilkins with their 1947 bus

David and Angie Wilkins with their 1947 bus

The historic former St James tram and bus depot was busy with vehicles for the last time for some guided tours over the Bank Holiday weekend.

It was the last chance for the public to see the depot in its current state ahead of its redevelopment by Church’s shoe company into a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility.

The East Midlands Vehicle Preservation Group and The 154 Preservation Society sent along the Northampton Daimler CVG6’s; 154, 256 and 267 for display inside the garage.

Graham Croucher, secretary of the St James Residents’ Association and event organiser, said: “St James tram and bus depot is one of those buildings that has always been there, but few realise what is inside or that it was originally the former home to the towns trams and then the towns red buses.”

The building will now be sectioned off behind wooden hoardings so environmental clean-up work can begin prior to building work to convert the depot into a shoe factory.

Although, Church’s have pledged to keep as much as the original building as possible, it is understood that much of the interior will change,

The tours marked the last time ever that Northampton Corporation Buses, or any other bus will visit and leave the garage itself.

 

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