A DOUBLE decker bus seen by millions in the classic BBC sitcom Last of the Summer Wine has been transformed into a thriving cafe on a St Leonards industrial estate.
Bus enthusiast Elliot Day discovered the connection linking the hugely popular BBC TV show to the vehicle that is now serving satisfied customers with tasty snacks.
The Double Decker cafe run by the 1066 Bakery in Highfield Drive on the Churchfield Industrial Estate used to be a feature in the popular comedy and was also well-known as being the only red bus in Huddersfield’s fleet of green buses.
Current owners Darren Trevett, Ben Trevett and Tara Robertson bought the bus for £5,000 without being aware of its history.
Darren said: “The history of the bus being used in Last of the Summer Wine is great because so many people grew up with it and watched when they were kids and the fact that it has a tie-in with that is a real bonus.”
Elliot, who now lives in Hull, told the Huddersfield Examiner “Everything is in working order and the kids love to have their photos taken behind the wheel. We get bus enthusiasts who know all about its history, that it came from Huddersfield and was on Last Of The Summer Wine. The bus stole the show more than once on Last of the Summer Wine although Compo never raced a double decker bus down a hill in a tin bath! Shame that.
It is now attracting families to visit as children love being able to see the bus and have their picture taken in it and while their parents enjoy a cuppa.
“We have been careful from the start not just to have a quirky bus that serves food but to focus on the food first,” Darren said.
Darren’s business partner, Tara Robertson said: “People like history.
“We’ve been trying to find pictures of the bus in the programme but we haven’t so far. People like that sort of thing and they like to have something to look at.
“People don’t come in asking for Yorkshire Tea though, they like some proper Sussex tea. We get people coming in here and when we tell them about the history of the bus they say, ‘yes, we know that because we have been following it for quite a while.”
For more information visit www.doubledeckercafe.co.uk