23/06/2015 - Epsom Coaches Celebrate 95 Good Years
Open day resounding success
Epsom Coaches threw open its doors on Saturday 20th June, in celebration of its 95th anniversary with a spectacular Open Day at its Epsom headquarters. Over 4,000 visitors enjoyed a rare insight into the day to day operation of one of Epsom's largest employers, with the present day and past fleet dating all the way back to 1920 on display, along with a fascinating display of the Company's long history. Classic cars and motor cycles completed the portrayal of 95 years of travel.
A Travel Pavilion highlighting the Company's award winning holidays and day trip programme along with displays from trade associations - including the Guild of British Coach Operators - and Epsom's Travel partners was kept busy all day, with bookings taken for the full range of services. Children were not forgotten, with the Jungle Bus and a bouncy castle, along with face painting, "Knackered" the Epsom Coaches horse and even "Blakey" the bus inspector!
Epsom Coaches' suppliers were there in force, with displays varying from engine supplier Cummins to the latest flywheel technology from GKN. Depicting a more typical day in the life of this iconic business, was a specially commissioned short film, shown on a big screen, which will later be available on the Company's website.
[Richard Delahoy, Guild Administrator, talking to one of the open day's visitors].
Steve Whiteway, the Company's Managing Director commented, "a great day was had by all and we raised almost £6,000 for our charity in this anniversary year, the Epsom & Ewell Community Fund. Our visitors enjoyed the variety of attractions we laid on and especially enjoyed the nostalgic displays of old vehicles and photographs from our long history. We have had some wonderful comments, our staff team and vehicle owners together with our suppliers really went all out to make this a very special day for all concerned. I am very proud to lead this business, which has always had the community at its heart. We now look forward to our centenary in 2020"