In 1953, Ernie Wise of Morecambe and Wise fame, and his wife Doreen camped in their converted Bedford bus at a petrol station in the Lodge Moor area of the city. This occurred when Morecambe and Wise were appearing in the pantomime Dick Whittington in Sheffield.
Eric Morecambe and his wife Joan had rented a house nearby and possibly, the petrol station in question was as close to them as it was practical to park a single decker bus. The question is, which petrol station?
Opinion seems to favour Sandygate Motors next to The Plough on Sandygate Road but others have been suggested.
Local artist Michael Dolby is searching for the answer for a project which he is contributing to.
Mr Dolby said: “It is one of those things that have become part of local folklore, many people have heard a variation of the story but, other than the bare fact that Ernie Wise or Doreen Wise have said in two biographies that they camped in a bus at a Lodge Moor petrol station little else seems to be certain. It would at least be nice to know and commit it to local history record.”
the impact of the tramline repairs and Charnock roadworks on the service
changes can be expected in September, including a full fleet of new double decker buses on the 51 route; exploring the possibility of splitting the route so buses from this end turn round at the markets then come back; improving punctuality with particular problems regarding accessibility on West Street (outbound);
concerns about the safety of passengers boarding the bus on Mappin Street
a named Route Manager for the 51 is to be introduced by the spring
attempts to solve the problem of bunching buses, which is acknowledged as a management rather than timetabling issue
whether other companies could also run buses on the route, like the 52 service
Adam and John have agreed to attend the next Crosspool Forum Open Meeting on 31 July to report back on their progress.
Two 51 buses have been painted in traditional livery to celebrate 100 years of motor buses in Sheffield.
The first motorbus began operation between Broomhill and Lodge Moor via Crosspool on 15 February 1913. As part of the centenary celebrations, two modern buses painted in 1913 and 1960 colours will be used on the 51 route.
And on Sunday 12 May a bus rally will take place at First’s Olive Grove depot where you can see a selection of old and new buses and take part in fun activities.
Giles Fearnley, Managing Director of First UK Bus said: “It is very exciting that people and organisations in Sheffield are coming together to celebrate 100 years of motorbuses in Sheffield.
“Sheffield has grown tremendously in the past century and buses have been at the forefront of this development.
“It is only right and proper that we organise a series of events to commemorate this anniversary and the public should look out for these spectacular buses that represent the history of this great city.”
Today’s Sheffield Telegraph reports how pupils are being turned away from their local primary schools, with Lydgate Infants being the worst affected:
…this year there were 148 applications for 120 places at Lydgate, compared with the usual average of 117. To cope education chiefs have created 60 extra places at Westways in Crookes and at Hallam Primary in Lodge Moor.
Bus operator First has confirmed that current discount fares will ‘continue indefinitely’ on the 51 bus running from Lodge Moor to Charnock via town.
The promotional fares, which were launched last June, mean that a single journey from Crosspool to town costs £1.60, compared to the previous price of £1.95. The original announcement indicated that the discount fares might only run until March 2011.