J Lucas kept the 'blackout' white stripes at the corners of their vehicles for many a long year but then ditched it along with the Famous Lion.
Stitcher,how right you are about jobs being easy to get in the old days.If somebody up the road was offering 3d an hour more you would be off in a flash.I started driving, officially, in 1955 and progressed to driving lorries while doing national service.Passed my army test in Yeovil in 1956 and did nothing else for the rest of my life.I know what you mean. I had quite a few driving jobs because as you know jobs were easy to walk into. That said, I have a couple of friends who only ever had one job from school to retirement. I do like to laugh and really, I could find something to smile about at a funeral as long as it was not to bury a loved one. As you know, lorry driving is a serious profession with a great amount of responsibilty but I always found something to laugh at. Another great memory is whenever I left South or East London I made a point of stopping at Tubby Isaacs shelfish stall near to Tower Bridge on Whitecapel. I would have a large tub of jellied eels to eat at home and a large tub of whelks and a bag of crusty bread to eat on the way. It was easy because I did not need to look, I could get a whelk and put it into my mouth without looking, then a crust and a good chew. I still like to laugh and I make all the Xmas and birthday cards my wife and I post.
Mike, I am not a bus enthusiast but I do read it in case there is something I can reply to. I do enjoy the pictures of buses and all those wonderful postcards as well. I went down to Cross Hands Nr Llanelli the other day and I took an old friend of Reg Hardings with me. We had a great day.
John 70, I asked about Reg and the guy told me he had not seen Reg for about two years. By all acounts, at that time he was not best pleased because he never smoked and did quite a bit of jogging as well as eating a fairly healthy diet. Despite this he had high bood pressssure and one or two other things by all accounts. I will see if I can get someone to knock his door for you.