|FJ10 BJX||John St, Hanley||Blackbrook Zoo||Charter||Aiming High|
|FJ10 BJX||Blackbrook Zoo||John St, Hanley||Charter||Aiming High|
As often is the case Matthew picked a trip out with Aiming High as the trips are favorite activity. As the clocks had gone forward the night before, getting up to take matthew out today was the equivalent of getting up at 07:00 on a Sunday morning! Not being sure eactly how prompt the 10:00 start would be, we took Matthew out a bit early. This would also give Matthew a chance to take more bus pictures whilst he was waiting. We arrived on the empty John Street car park around 09:20, passing a couple of plain white Wright bodied single decker on the way to Hanley. as they were near the Railway station I assumed they were rail replacement buses. Tomorrow they start work on the new bus station.
City centre bus station coming Autumn 2012 (Matt)
We had a good 30 minutes around the entrance to the current bus station and it was surprisingly busy for that time of day on a Sunday, Matthew took 20-30 pictures including the 2 Wright bodied buses seen earlier which turned out to be Alton Towers staff buses along with another Alexander Strider bodied M425 UNW.
ATT Volvo B10B M425 UNW approaches Hanley bus station (Matt)
There were also buses from Scraggs, D&G and First
61237 was on a service 6B into Hanley.
61237 approaching Hanley bus station (Matt)
Just before 10:00 we walked round to John Street were the bus was already waiting as it had come in from the other end.
Aiming High FJ10 BJX outside the Victoria Hall in Hanley (Matt)
After Matthew had boarded they asked him were his camera was. We'd taken it off him as we always do on these trips. Last time Matthew had accessed a trip via his respite he had accidentally taken the camera with him. This time Matthew was allowed to take his camera as official trip photographer!
Pink Flamingoes at Blackbrook Zoo (Matt)
Penguin swimming at Blackbrook Zoo (Matt)
The Meerkat on the left has darker eye's...Matthew comparing Meerkats at Blackbrook Zoo (Matt)
When we collected him at 15:00 staff reported that he had been good as gold Coach MIB 246 was also there :-) (Mark)