Saturday, 30 June 2018

Trip to Crewe / Trent Vale 30-06-2018
















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VX54 LHMFentonCreweCharterLadyline Coaches
VX54 LHMCreweFentonCharterLadyline Coaches


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going to Crewe later on. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast for breakfast. before Matthew went to the day centre he watched buses out of the window. whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
Also seen was D&G Bus 113 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 113 in Fenton
We went dowstairs and we saw it was Ladyline Coaches VX54 LHM. Wew got on the bus and we sat down. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed City Road onto Manor Street and we ran to the end where we turned left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill. We crossed over the roundabout at Joiners Square onto Lichfield street and we ran up the hill towards Hanley. We went around the ring-road and we got onto the A50. We ran through Burslem and around the back of Tunstall High Street past the police station. We re-joined the High Street and ran through Sandyford. We ran through Goldenhill and down the hill into Kidsgrove. We went under the railway line and into Cheshire and we crossed over the A34 onto the B5077. We continued into Alsager and we ran forwards into Radway Green. We continued up Slaughter hill and we ran up to Haslington before running towards Crewe along the A534. We ran into the town and past the railway station before turning right into Edleston Road. We ran into the centre of Crewe and we followed the road around onto Delamere Street. We walked past the bus station and we saw Arriva NW&W 2529 on a #38 to Macclesfield. We went to the pub on the corner of the street. Matthew went to the toilet and had a glass of Coke. For dinner Matthew a had a burger and fries followed by a warm chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. After we had finished we walked back through the bus station and we saw Arriva NW&W 2951 on a #84 to Chester. When we had finished we returned to Ladyline Coaches VX54 LHM for the run back to Fenton. We ran back onto Edleston Road and we turned left onto the A534. We ran past the railway station and we continued up towards Haslington. We turned right onto Slaughter Hill and we ran back through Radway Green and into Alsager. We continued over the A34 and into Staffordshire and we ran under the railway line into Kidsgrove. We ran up the hill into Goldenhill and we continued into Sandyford. We joind Tunstall High Street and then we ran around the town centre and joined Scotia Road near to Asda. We ran up into Burslem and we continued along the A50 into Cobridge. We ran down the hill to the edge of Hanley and we went around the ring road to Lichfield Street. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square and we turned right onto the A52. We ran forwards past the railway station and we veered left towards Fenton. We turned left onto City Road and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill onto the A500. We ran Southward down the A500 to Hanford and we turned right onto the Northbound A34. We ran into Trent Vale and we stopped at McDonalds and we saw grey minibus DG18 PZB parked up outside. tea Matthew had a burger and fries washed down with a cup of Coke. When we had finished we went to Clayton. We set off onto the A34 and we went North for one junction. We turned left onto Clayton Lane. We continued onto Stafford Avenue and we turned left onto the A519. We turned right onto Seabridge Lane and we ran for a few hundred yards to the pub. Matthew went tothe toilet and had a glass of Coke. We then returned to Fenton. We ran along Seabridge lane to the A519. When we got to the A519 we turned right and went South to Hanchurch. We turned left onto the A500 and we ran Northwards to Stoke. We came off the A500 and we saw Crystal Shandelles double decker R759 DRJ. We turned right onto City Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. We turned right into Smithpool Road. We turned left Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and use his computer. Matthew went into the living room and we saw Anthony's Travel P50 ANT on Temple Street.


Anthony's Travel P50 ANT in Fenton
Matthew used his computer and watched music videos on the television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Friday, 29 June 2018

Trip to Festival Park / Sneyd Green 29-06-2018
















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EN63 KWRFentonSneyd GreenCharterABC Supreme
EN63 KWRSneyd GreenFentonCharterABC Supreme


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. He was also going bowling later on. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice. Whilst waiting for the time to go to the day centre, we saw First Potteries 63171 on #11 to Hanley. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street where we saw First Potteries 53155 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 53155 in Fenton
We continued along Christchurch Street and into the day centre. In the morning Matthew went bowling in Festival Park in an Lucky Seven taxi. We set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill onto the A52 and under the railway line, before turning right onto the Northbound A500. We ran North up to Etruria and we turned right onto the A53. We ran Eastwards up to Festival Park and we turned left onto Forge Lane. At the end of Forge Lane we turned right onto Festiavl Way. At the roundabout we turned left onto Marina Way and we parked up at the car park. Matthew went into the bowling alley and went to the toilet. After a session bowling we returned to Fenton. We set off onto Marina Way and we turned right at the roundabout. We went under the A53 onto Etruria Road. We stopped briefly at a carpet shop and we saw a new building going up on the site of the old loop line. We joined the anti-clockwise ring road. We ran around town and we joined the Southbound A50. At Joiners Square we went straight on onto Victoria Road. We climbed the hill into Fenton and we continued forwards onto King Street. We turned left onto Park Street and we stopped to pick up dinner. After we brought the food we ran along Park Street and we turned right onto King Street. We ran forwards onto City Road and we turned left onto Glebedale Road and back to the day centre. For dinner Matthew had sausage, chips and gravy followed by a Bakewell Tart. In the afternoon Matthew went to the pub. We set off onto Christchurch Street and to the pub. Matthew used the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. When we had finished in the pub we walked back along Christchurch Street and to the day centre. When it was time to go back to the residential unit we set off onto Christchurch Street and we turned left onto Temple Street. Matthew went up to his room to chill out on his computer and watch buses out of the window. Whilet we were waiting we saw First Potteries 41500 on a #11 to Hanley.


First Potteries 41500 in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 67158 on a #23 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67158 in Fenton
After a short while we saw D&G Bus 111 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 111 in Fenton
In the evening we went out for tea. We went outside and we saw it was ABC Supreme EN63 KWR. We got on the bus and we sat down. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed over City Road onto Manor Street. At the end we turned left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill. The traffic was busy and we turned right onto the A52. We ran to Botteslow Street and we ran up towards Hanley. We joined the anti-clockwise ring road and we ran around to Town Road. We ran out of town towards Birches head we went North up the A5272 to Sneyd Green. We turned right onto Milton Road and into the pub car park. WE got off annd went into the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then we found a table that overlooked the A5272. Whilst we waited for the food to come we saw Stanton's of Stoke RUI 2486 & Roseville BK13 YUF. For tea Matthew had a burger and fries as well as some of my chicken New Yorker! This was followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. Matthew went to the toilet again and then we returned to Fenton on ABC Supreme EN63 KWR. We got on the bus and we sat down. We set off along the A5272 and we ran into Hanley. We ran around the clockwise ring road and we ran around to Botteslow Street and we hit traffic again. We turned left onto Botteslow Street and we ran down to the A52. We turned right and we ran towards Joiners Square. At the roundabout we went left onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the roundabout we turned sharp right onto City Road and we ran down to Smithpool Road where we turned left. We turned left onto Temple Street and we returned to the residential unit. Matthew went back to the room and went on his computer. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Thursday, 28 June 2018

Trip to Abbey Hulton / Hanley 28-06-2018
















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DY08 FFXFentonAbbey HultonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXAbbey HultonFentonCharterShelton Care Group
67665Fenton, Victoria PlaceHanley BS6First Potteries
41497Hanley BSFenton, Adrian Street6AFirst Potteries


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going trampolining. Matthew got up and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting for time to got to the day centre Matthew spent time in his room watching buses. We saw Stanton's of Stoke BU54 SOS going towards Hanley.


Stanton's of Stoke BU54 SOS in Fenton
Also seen was First Potteries 67643 on a #11 to Newcastle. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. We continued to the day centre and we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew went on the computers and did communication studies. For dinner Matthew had a cheese oatcake followed by a Bakewell Tart. In the afternoon Matthew went trampolining in Abbey Hulton on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned right onto City Road. At the roundabout we turned sharp left onto Victoria Road and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. At the roundabout we turned right onto the A52 where we saw Stanton's of Stoke new minibus YX58 GRZ in a local garage. We continued Northwards towards Bucknall. We continued forwards onto the A5009 and we ran into Abbey Hulton. We turned right on to Abbots Road and we stopped at the sports centre. At the sports centre we saw MT Travel BK14 GAO.


MT Travel BK14 GAO in Abbey Hulton
Another vehicle seen was blue minibus YX60 RHU.


YX60 RHU in Abbey Hulton
Also seen was Stoke-on-Trent city council welfare bus LK17 DXD.


Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXD in Abbey Hulton
Matthew used the toilets before having a session on the trampoline and getting his level 2 certificate. We saw Shelton Care Group PE67 XEV. When it was time to go back we climbed back aboard Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX for the return journey. We set off onto Abbots Road and left onto Leek Road. We continued through Limekiln Bank junction and forwards to Joiners Square. At the roundabout we turned left onto Victoria RoadWe did this to the top and we turned sharp right onto City Road. We turned left onto Smithpool Road and left onto Temple Street past the new building under construction and back to the residential unit. Matthew went upstairs to and chilled out in his room. He also watched buses out of the window. We saw D&G Bus 113 on a #1 to Park Site.


D&G 113 in Fenton
Also seen was Stoke-on-Trent city council welfare bus LK17 DXC going towards Heron Cross.


Stoke-on-Trent city council LK17 DXC in Fenton
Later on Matthew went out for tea. We set off on foot onto Temple Street and left onto Christchurch Street. We crossed over City Road and we walked Eastwards to the roundabout. We turned shsrp left and waited at the bus stop for the next bus to Hanley. Whilst we waited we saw Grocott Centre minibus EU09 LTY going towards Hanley.


Grocott Centre EU09 LTY in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw a bus approaching. It was an First Potteries Enviro300 in First Olympia livery. As it got closer we saw thsat it was First Potteries 67665 on a #6 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67665 in Fenton
We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down towards the back of the bus. We set off down Victoria Road and we ran down the hill towards Joiners Square and at the roundabout we went straight across onto Lichfield Street. We crossed over the ring road and at the stop outside the bus station we got up and got off the bus. Once we got off the bus we went inside the bus station we saw First Potteries 67647 on a #7 to Kidsgrove. Matthew went to the toilet and we set off onto Lichfield Street. We continued up Tontine Street and forwards onto Market Square. Matthew had an ice cream with a Flake in it. We went into the Intu Potteries shopping centre and Matthew went to the other end and up in the lift. We went into a shop and then we returned onto Tontine Street. We continued down to Etruria Road and we went to the oub for tea. Matthew went to the toilet and had a glass of Coke. For tea Matthew had a burger and fries followed by a lemon meringue pie. When we had finished we walked back to the shops. We set off up Etruria Road and forwards onto Tontine Street. We crossed over Stafford Street and we continued to Tontine Square. We stopped on Parliament Row and Matthew went to The Pound bakery. Matthe brought some Millionare's shortbread. We walked down Percy Street onto Stafford Street and we went into Wilko. Matthew brought a toothbrush and some toothpaste. We walked past the town hall onto Bagnall Street and into the bus statoion. We waited at the stop outside for the next bus back to Fenton. After a short while we saw First Potteries 41497 on a #6A to Blythe Bridge.


First Potteries 41497 in Hanley bus station
We got on the bus we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off up Lichfield Street and we turned right into Birch Terrace. We followed the road around to the left onto Charles Street. At the top we turned right onto Old Hall Street before turning right onto the ring road. We turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran down the hill to Joiners Square. We crossed the roundabout onto Victoria Road and we ran up the hill into Fenton. At the top of the hill we got up and got off the bus. Once off the bus we set off on foot up Victoria Road and we went sharp right onto City Road. We turned left onto Christchurch Street and we turned right onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out. He used his computer and watch television. Later on he went downstairs to watch the football on television. Matthew had a cup of coke. Later on Matthew went back upstairs. Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. Later on Matthew had a choc ice. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Wednesday, 27 June 2018

Trip to Hanley / Newcastle 27-06-2018
















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67635Fenton, Adrian StreetHanley BS6AFirst Potteries
42552Hanley BSFenton, Smithpool Road23AHanley BS
DY08 FFXFentonNewcastleCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXNewcastleFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in residential and he was going to his day service. Matthew was also going to visit his uncle Dave later on. It was also the day the matthw found out the First Potteries 67604 is being repainted in the new livery. Matthew got up around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go to the day service we saw Afford Rent-a-car MK67 UES going towards Hanley.


Afford Rent-a-car MK67 UES in Fenton
Also seen was Afford Rent-a-car MK67 UEJ going towards their depot.


Afford Rent-a-car MK67 UEJ in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw D&G Bus 112 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 112 in Fenton
This was followed by D&G Bus 118 on a E1 to Alton Towers.


D&G 118 in Fenton
Also seen was taxi minibus KR11 ??? going towards Stoke.


KR11 in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Britannia Travel S100 KKE going towards Hanley.


Britannia Travel S100 KKE in Fenton
we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and right onto Christchurch Street. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew was going out on the bus. We set off on past the Co-operative Food store and onto City Road. We turned left onto Victoria Road. We walked down the hill for one stop and we waited for the next Hanley bus. A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 67635 on a #6A to Hanley. We got on the bus and we booked to Hanley before we sat down. We set off down Victoria Road and we crossed over the A52 at Joiners Square. We ran up Lichfield Street and we crossed over the ring road. We then got up and got off the bus at the stop outside the bus station. Once we got to Hanley we walked up Lichfield street. and forwards onto Tontine Street. We continued into Upper Huntbach Street and into the main entrance of the Intu Potteries shopping centre. Matthew walked down to the market and used the toilet. We went up the stairs and we visited shops. Once we had done we returned along Upper Huntbach Street and Parliament Row. Afterwards we went to Poundland and Matthew brought can of 2 bottles of Pepsi. onto When we had finished we returned to the bus station along Tontine Street and Lichfield Street. When we go back to the bus station. A few minutes later the bus appeared and it was First Potteries 42552 on a #23A to Newstead. We got on the bus and we booked to Fenton before sitting down towards the back of the bus. We set off onto John Street and we turned left onto Bethesda Street. We crossed over the ring road and we ran down onto Regent Road and forwards onto Cleveland Road. We ran down though Shelton along College Road and we ran down to the railway station. We turned left onto Station Road and we ran part the railway station before going right onto Glebe Street. After a brief stop we continued forwards onto Glebe Street and we followed the road around onto Church Street. We crossed the A500 and we ran under the railway line. After climbing up the hill we turned right onto Smithpool Road where we got up and got off the bus. We then walked up Temple Street. and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and watched buses. came to visit and they brought a bottles of Pepsi and some mini Battenburg cakes. Later on Matthew went to Newcastle. Transport for the trip it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off down City Road and we continued down to the A52. We went under the railway line and over the A500 before going around Stoke's one-way system. We came out of the other side onto Church Street and we ran up the hill onto Hartshill Road. We continued along the A52 through Hartshill and forwards onto George Street. We ran down the hill into Newcastle and we crossed over the roundabout onto Ironmarket. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. After Matthew had a burger and chips followed by chocolate fudge cake and ice cream. Once we had finished eating we returned to the residential unit on Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off along Ironmarket and over the roundabout onto the A53. We went around the one-way system onto the A52 and we ran through Hartshill and down the hill into Stoke We went along Eleanora Street and onto Glebe Road and around the Stoke one-way system. We went onto Church street and we crossed over the A500 and under the railway line. We ran up City Road and we turned right into Smithpool Road. We turned left into temple street and back to the residential unit. Back at the unit Matthew went to his room to chill out on his computer and watch buses out of the window. Later on Matthew was going to uncle Daves for tea. We saw First Potteries 67601 on a #11 to Newcastle.


First Potteries 67601 in Fenton
Also seen was D&G Bus 44 on a #1 to Meir.


D&G 44 in Fenton
Matthew ate a slice of melon to cool off. A few minutes later we saw City Cabs DG55 FLK going towards Stoke.


City Cabs DG55 FLK in Fenton
Matthew had a can of Irn Bru. When it was time to go to uncle Dave's we set off onto Temple Street and at the end we turned left onto Smithpool Road. We went across the spare ground onto Willowdale Avenue and onto Whieldon Road and into uncle Dave's. Matthew had some cheesecake and a can of orange Tango. For tea Matthew had chicken potatoes and carrots. Later on he had another slice of cheesecake and a few digestive biscuits and custard creams. Uncle Dave now has a biscuit tin. Matthew chilled out in uncle Dave's house using his computer and watching television. Uncle Dave also did his DJ set. A couple of hours later staff came to escort Matthew back home. We set off onto Whieldon Road and we turned onto Willowdale Avenue. We crossed the spare ground and we turned left onto Smithpool Road. We turned right onto Temple Street past the new building under construction, which is now getting near to completion. We continued back to the residential unit. Matthew went back to the room and went on his computer. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Tuesday, 26 June 2018

Trip to Talke / Smallthorne 26-06-2018






























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DY08 FFXFentonAbbey HultonCharterShelton Care Group
DY08 FFXAbbey HultonFentonCharterShelton Care Group


Today Matthew was in the residential unit and he was going to his day service. We were also going out for tea as Matthew today. Around 08:00 and had toast and orange juice for breakfast. Whilst waiting to go out we saw First Potteries 67635 on a #11 to Newcastle. Around 09:00 we set off on foot to the day centre. We walked onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street and onto Albert Square where we saw Meadows DK65 XSW parked up.


Meadows DK65 XSW in Fenton
We continued to the day centre. At the day centre we saw Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX parked outside.


Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX in Fenton
In the morning Matthew went on the computer. For dinner Matthew had a barbeque. He had sausages on bread rolls and a cheeseburger followed by an ice lolly. He than had a water fight. In the afternoon Matthew went in an Intercity taxi to Talke Freeport. We set off onto Glebedale Road and we turned left onto City Road. We ran down the hill to the railway line and we turned right onto the A52. We ran parallel to the railway line and we continued onto Station road past the railway station. At the end we turned right onto Stoke Road and we ran up the hill through Shelton. We continue through Snow Hill and up onto Broad Street. We followed the one way system around to the left onto Marsh Street and we then we forwards onto Waterloo Road. We continued through Cobridge into Burslem and up to to Tunstall. We turned left onto Williamson Street. We turned right onto the High Street and we continued North up the A50 through Goldenhill and into Kidsgrove. We turned left onto First Avenue and we ran West to Talke. We then went South down the A34 to Talke Street. We went forwards onto Oak Tree Lane and to the Freeport. After parking up we went to Thornton's. When we had finished at Freeport we returned back to the day centre in a Intercity taxi. We ran South down to the A34 and we went North up to Talke Pits. We turned right onto First Avenue and we ran into Kidsgrove, where we turned right onto Liverpool Road. We ran down through Goldenhill to Tunstall and along A5271 before re-joining the A50. We went past the old PMT Burslem garage and we ran up the hill into Burslem town centre. We continued towards Hanley along Waterloo Road through Cobridge. We joined the ring road and we ran around clockwise to Lichfield Street. We ran down through Joiners Square and forwards onto Victoria Road. At the top we turned sharp right onto City Road. and right onto Smithpool Road. We turned left onto Temple Street and we went to his room and chilled out. Matthew used his computer and watched buses out of the window. We saw Harry Shaw BF15 HDU going towards Stoke.


Harry Shaw BF15 HDU in Fenton
A few minutes later we saw Jayjays Travel YM61 PUA going towards Hanley.


Jayjays Travel YM61 PUA in Fenton
Later on Matthew went out for tea in Smallthorne it was Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Temple Street and we turned left onto Christchurch Street. We turned left onto City Road and we ran down the hill and we turned right onto the A52. We ran past the railway station and on towards Joiners Square. At the roundabout we turned left onto Lichfield Street and we ran up the hill to the ring road. We went anti-clockwise around town and we turned right onto Waterloo Road we caught up First Potteries 67651 on the #3 to Crewe. We ran through Cobridge up to Burslem and we turned right onto Moorland Road. We ran to the top of the hill and we turned into the pub. Matthew went to the toilet and then had a glass of Coke. Matthew had a mixed grill burger for tea followed by sticky toffee pudding. when it was time to go home we returned on an Shelton Care Group DY08 FFX. We set off onto Moorland Road and we ran down the hill into Burslem. We turned left into Waterloo Road and we ran through Cobridge. At the end we turned left onto the ring road. We went clockwise around Hanley and we turned left onto Lichfield Street. We ran down the hill to Joiners Square and we crossed over the roundabout onto Victoria Road. We ran up the hill and we turned sharp right onto City Road. We turned left onto Smithpool Road and left onto Temple Street and back to the residential unit. Matthew went up to his room to chill out and use his computer. He chilled out in his room and watched television. Later on Matthew had a bath and then had toast for supper. He then chilled out in his room until bedtime around 23:00... Mark.

Sunday, 24 June 2018

Trip to the POPS rally 24-06-2018










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JTF 218FBet 365 StadiumStone, Crown StreetSpecialStanton's of Stoke
JTF 218FStone, Crown StreetBet 365 StadiumSpecialStanton's of Stoke
2599Bet 365 StadiumTrentham GardensSpecialUlsterbus
2599Trentham GardensBet 365 StadiumSpecialUlsterbus
14Bet 365 StadiumTrentham, A34 adjacent GardensSpecialStevesons
DVG 266Trentham, A34 adjacent GardensBet 365 StadiumSpecialCrosville
312Bet 365 StadiumStone, Crown StreetSpecialGreen Bus
312Stone, Crown StreetBet 365 StadiumSpecialGreen Bus


Today was the highlight of Matthew's social calender, the main POPS rally at the BET 365 stadium. There was no research to be done as we did not know what buses would be in attendance or the timetable being used until we arrived on site. The weather was forcast for fine sunny weather all day. Matthew got up 08:00 and was bouning around with excitment. Uncle Dave who stopped over ready for today's trip made him soem toast and gave him some orange juice for breakfast. Matthew had to wait until gone 10:30 before I returned home from work. We made some sandwiches and packed a bag and we jumped into the car. It was only a 2 mile trip or so to the BET365 stadium. We set off onto the A5035 and we turned right onto Stanley Matthews Way. At the other end we turned left at the roundabout by the stadium and we parked up as direct by the stewads in front of the West Stand. We set off up the car park and onto the service road in from of the staium and headed towards the Boothen end behind which all the buses were parked up. As we got to the corner we saw Invincible coach NTU 191L arriving on site.


Invincible NTU 191L in BET365 Stadium
At the corner of the site were a group of stalls. Supporting one of the stalls was WM BUses Leyland Lynx 1266


WM Travel 1266 in BET365 Stadium
We decided to go around and take picture of as many of the buses as we can before we did anything else. We set off up the row and we saw Blackpool Transport Leylane Atlantean 353.


Blackpool Transport 353 in BET365 Stadium
Further up the row was ex PMT Leyland Olympian 757 which has be re-painted back into the colour it was delivered in back in the late 1980's.


PMT 757 in BET365 Stadium
Towards the top end of the row we saw Bassetts Leyland coach JRE 354V.


Bassetts JRE 354V in BET365 Stadium
Towards the top end of the row was ex National Express West Midlands Plaxton President 4112, now 312 in the Green Bus fleet.


Green Bus 312 in BET365 Stadium
We said hell to the ice cream man who is our own ice cream man, and we went to the top end of the site where there more coaches and buses parked up. We saw Stanton's of Stoke new coach 222 GGX in this row.


Stanton's of Stoke 222 GGX in BET365 Stadium
whilst we were up there we saw Stanton's of Stoke JTF 218F going out on a short run.


Stanton's of Stoke JTF 218F in BET365 Stadium
We walked down the back end of the site and down the row of buses and coaches. We saw dud GM Buses Leyland coach 81 there.


GM Buses 81 in BET365 Stadium
Also in the row was First Potteries newest vehicle 67159.


First Potteries 67159 in BET365 Stadium
Towards the bottom of the site were the Copeland's Tours coaches. One of the 4 Bovas on show was Copeland's Tours coach MIB 746.


Copeland's Tours MIB 746 in BET365 Stadium
At the very bottom of the site was Orion Travel tri-axle coach OR10 NTX.


Orion Travel OR10 NTX in BET365 Stadium
We found the control bus and we brought a program for the event at £3. We walked up towards the middle of the site and we saw Midland General Bristol 148.


Midland General 148 in BET365 Stadium
Further up the site was required Crosville DVG 266 which had just arrived back on site.


Crosville DVG 266 in BET365 Stadium
We walked up the side of the Botthen end where there were more stalls and we went inside so Matthew could use the toilet. He also went to see Dave Spencer on the PMP Video stall and he brought a DVD. We went outside and we sat down for a short while whilst we worked out what buses we could do. there din't seem to be much out that we hadn't already had Crosville DVG 266 was due to work at some point as was Blackppol Transport 225 and the Orion Travel coach. Everything else was the same as usually work at most of the local rallies. We saw Green Bus 312 about to depart on a Trentham Gardens service so we walked down towards it and it pulled off as we got there. The next one off was the 12:30 was booked to be Prentice of Haddington MFS 444P. It was a bus I could remember seeing today and I guess it was one that didn't make it today, as the bus was replaced by Stanton's of Stoke open-topped double decker JTF 218F. We decided to do this bus as we hdn't been on it for a while. We got on the bus and we went upstiars. One of Matthew's old bus escorts was on board but he didn't seem to keen to chat! We set off onto Stanley Matthews way and we ran to the Southern end. We turned right onto the A5035 and we ran into Trentham and the roundabout on the A34. We turned left onto the A34 and we had a spirited run past the Monkey Forest and through Tittensor. We continued down to Darlaston and we ran past Stone through the Fillybrooks before turning left onto Stafford Street and then left onto Crown Street where we stopped. We got off and we took a picture of Stanton's of Stoke JTF 218F.


Stanton's of Stoke JTF 218F in Stone
We decided to go back North on Stanton's of Stoke JTF 218F. When we got back on people on the top deck had spaced out so we had to go downstairs. The bus set off Back North up Newcastle Road and onto the A34. As we passed the Monkey Forest roundabout we saw Stanton's of Stoke double decker WSV 530 which had worked a duplicate Trentham service. We carried on North up to Trentham before taking the A5035 back to Stanley Matthew Way. As we ran down Stanley Matthews Way we passed required Blackpool Transport 225 on the 13:15 to Trentham Gardens. We turned left at the roundabout and then into the Stadium. Once we got back we walked back to the car and grabbed the supplies for the packed lunch. We ate cocktail sausage and we made up manwiches with baps and slices of chicken. We also went into the Boothen end and we got a couple of bottles of Tango Orange between us. Once we had finished eating we looked for something to catch back. We spotted Ulsterbus 2599 which was about to work a duplicate service to Trentham Gardens, so we decided to do that.


Ulsterbus 2599 in BET365 Stadium
We got on the bus and we sat down near to the front on the right hand side. The bus set off out of the stadium and onto the Southbound Stanley Matthews Way. We joined the A5035 and we headed into Trentham. We carried on to the end of the road where we crossed over the A34 and went into the main entrance of the gardens. We turned left past Frankie and Benny's and we circled around the car park to the coach drop off point. We got off the bus to take another picture of Ulsterbus 2599.


Ulsterbus 2599 at Trentham Gardens
We got on the bus and at the roundabout we turned right onto the A34. We ran down to the Monkey Forest roundabout and we did a U-turn. We ran back up North and as there was nobody waiting at the lay-by at the top end we carried on to the roundabout. We turned right at the roundabout and the bus headed back onto the A5035. We turned left onto Stanley Matthews and we ran back to the stadium. As we apporached the roundabout we passed Orion Travel OR10 NTX going the other way. As we had missed the 14:30 to Stone we went into the Boothen end and used the toilet again. We went outside to see what was on the 14:45 to Trentham. It was booked to be Crosville DVG 155, but Stevenson 14 turned up to work the service.


Stevensons 14 in BET365 Stadium
We decided to do this bus anyway, so we got on and we sat down near the front on the right hand side. The bus set off out of the stadium and onto the Southbound Stanley Matthews Way. We joined the A5035 and we headed into Trentham. We carried on to the end of the road where we turned left onto the A34. We ran down to the Monkry Forest roundabout where we did a u-turn and headed back up the A34. Towards the top end of the stretch at the back of the Premier Inn, we pulled over into the layby, passing required Crosville DVG 266 going the other way. We got off the coach and we took another picture of Stevensons 14.


Stevensons 14 in Trentham
It occur to us that if the other bus stopped, we could transfer over on to it. We waited at the back end of the coach waiting for the double decker to come into sight. The bus appeared from around the corner and we stuck a hand out to flag it down. To our relief the bus did dtop and Matthew got a picture of Crosville DVG 266 as it pulled up.


Crosville DVG 266 in Trentham
We got on the bus and we went upstairs and sat down. The bus set off onto the Northbound A34 and we turned right onto the A5035. We ran over the railway line into Blurton and we turned left into Stanley Matthews Way. We ran down to the stadium and we let the bus empty before Matthew took a picture inside Crosville DVG 266.


Inside Crosville DVG 266
The bus had got back quite early so we had time to go to the toilet and Matthew also brough a few pictures from one of the stalls. We were expecting a run on ex PMT Olympian, but the driver was nowhere to be seen. Ulsterbus 2599 went down to the stop first which was a little disappointing, but behind that was required Green Bus 312, which we decided to do.


Green Bus 312 in BET365 Stadium
We got on the bus and the top deck was empty so Matthew took a picture inside Green Bus 312.


Inside Green Bus 312
We set off onto Stanley Matthews way and we ran to the Southern end. We turned right onto the A5035 and we ran into Trentham and the roundabout on the A34. We turned left onto the A34 and as we ran Southwards we overtook Ulsterbus 2599 which was chugging away considerable slower than we were. We went past the Monkey Forest and through Tittensor. We continued down to Darlaston and we ran past Stone through the Fillybrooks before turning left onto Stafford Street. As we past West Bridge Park fitness centre wher they are building a new leisure centre. We continued along Stafford Road and we turned left onto Crown Street. We got off the bus and Matthew went to the toilet even though he had only just been. Behind us was First Potteries 67154 on a #101 to Hanley.


First Potteries 67154 in Stone
Eventually, Ulsterbus 2599 arrived at the stop and passengers transferred between the 2 buses. We decided to have another run on Green Bus 312 so we got back on and went upstairs again. The bus set off Back North up Newcastle Road and onto the A34. we continued past the Monkey Forest and up the A34. We carried on North up to Trentham before taking the A5035 back to Stanley Matthew Way. As we ran down Stanley Matthews Way and then into the Stadium. Once we got off the bus we had a quick walk around and took a few more picture before we went home. One of the bus had driven down to pick uo the support stall and nit's contents. Matthew took another picture of GM Buses 2032.


GM Buses 2032 in BET365 Stadium
We set off back towards the car and we took took a few pictures of the bus arrvng and leaving the site. We saw PMT Bristol VRT 604 which was on the 16:30 to Hanley.


PMT 604 in BET365 Stadium
Also seen was the award winning Robin Hood coach RIB 8289 that won the Michael Burns Memorial Trophy.


Robin Hood RIB 8289 in BET365 Stadium
We retruned to the car and we set off up to Stanley Matthews Way and over the A50. We ran up to Heron Cross and we turned left onto Blurton Road. We dropped uncle Dave off and Matthew went in to add a few dates to his calender. We said goodbye to uncle Dave and we ran back up to Heron Cross. We turned right onto Blurton Road and we crossed over the A50. We saw Lightning Travel MX54 VVF at the lightning house and we continued into Blurton. We veered right onto Church Road and we turned right onto Beaconsfield Drive. We turned left onto Finstock Avenue and we saw Z Carz PE10 MJK parked up in it's usual spot. We got home around 17:00. Matthew watched his new DVD and we uploaded the new pictures online. We continued to write Blog enterries for earlier in the week. For a late tea we had a fishfinger sandwich washed down with a small bottle of Coke. Later on Matthew had a bath and we continued to write Blog enteries. When mum got back we went to bed around 01:00... Mark.