My dad, Frank Basnett, drove the Number 8 bus from 1933 until 1965 when he died. He took great pride in his job, turning out in all weathers and he never had a day off sick or an accident (I have several of the medals he was awarded by Birmingham City Transport for safe driving!) He worked out of the garage in Perry Barr. I used to love walking down to the garage with him to collect his wages when I was young. He often found it difficult to "switch off" from the job though - when we were out driving in the car he used to pull up at the bus stops out of habit and embarrass my mother no end!