Marking 25 years since MCW end

By Tristan Harris Thursday 21 August 2014 Updated: 22/08 09:18

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TRANSPORT enthusiasts can go along to a special event this weekend which marks the 25th anniversary of the closure of the MCW, where major Birmingham employer Metro-Cammell supplied top quality buses and trains all over the world.

At the event, at Wythall Transport Museum on Sunday and bank holiday Monday (August 24 and 25), more than 24 buses with Metro-Cammell bodies will be on display, offering rides to visitors.

The journeys take residents to and from Birmingham, City Centre and through beautiful villages, including Henley-in-Arden, Earlswood, Alvechurch and Beoley.

It will recreate the bank holiday weekends of days gone by when buses were the main form of transport for people to have a break.

On the Sunday, former MCW bus designer John Seale will be whilst demonstrating his traditional draughtsmanship skills by completing an unfinished picture of a Birmingham City Transport 1931 Morris. Drawing with a pencil, which John will be using, is a dying art that is no longer done in the industry.

And, ironically, there is a Birmingham City Transport 1931 Morris at Wythall which is awaiting restoration.

Museum trustee Malcolm Keeley said: “We hope former MCW staff will enjoy seeing again the fine buses built in Birmingham.

“Visitors love riding on our classic buses which really make things come alive.”

The museum, in Chapel Lane, boasts more than 100 buses, coaches, milk floats and bread vans.

Visit www.wythall.org.uk for more.

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