The Kings Ferry Group Fleet at South East Bus Festival, Credit: Izaak Mann
The South East Bus Festival was a magnificent occasion for Clarkes of London. As part of The Kings Ferry Group, it was the first time all four businesses showcased their fleet side-by-side. It was also a first for some of the staff meeting other members of the Group.
Breaking their previous record, the South East Bus Festival had 154 buses and coaches on show. The Group took 9 coaches and 1 bus from its fleet, the most amount of coaches brought by any one exhibitor to the show!
Coaches were brought from each of the Group companies; Clarkes of London, The Kings Ferry, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches – a right family day out!
It was our third consecutive year exhibiting at the South East Bus Festival, and this year we took our stunning 2018 Irizar i6 Crawley Town FC Team Coach and 2018 Yutong TC9 VIP livery.
2018 Irizar i8 Crawley Town FC Team Coach, Credit: Brian East
2018 Yutong TC9 VIP, Credit: Brian East
The Kings Ferry brought 4 coaches to the event from their head office in Gillingham; a 2006 Scania Irizar with Driver Training Academy livery, 2019 Van Hool Altano Norwich City FC Team Coach, 2019 Yutong TC9 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo.
2019 Van Hool Altano, Credit: Brian East
2006 Scania Irizar Driver Training Academy livery, Credit: Brian East
2019 Mercedes-Benz Tourismo & 2019 Yutong TC9, Credit: Brian East
It was the first time Stewarts Coaches had been to the show. Travelling down from Reading to join us, they brought their two vehicles; 2015 Irizar i6 and 2019 Mercedes-Benz Citaro in its Slough Bath Road Central contract livery.
2015 Irizar i6, Credit: Brian East
2019 Mercedes-Benz Citaro Slough Bath Road Central contract livery, Credit: Brian East
Woods Coaches, part of Stewarts Coaches, also joined us for the first time at the event. They brought from their depot in Leicester their 2017 Irizar i6.
2017 Irizar i6, Credit: Brian East
We were also joined by our parent company, National Express, for the first time at the event. They brought their 2015 Scania Caetano.
2015 Scania Caetano, Credit: Brian East
“It was a superb day, despite the weather, and an impressive sight to see all our group lined up together. It reinforces that we are truly a people business, and our people show such pride and passion for what we do.
The presentation of the vehicles was impeccable, and were a credit to our businesses.”, exclaims Chris Burley, Group Operations Director.
A Huge Thanks
We would like to say a huge thanks to the following people, without their help this event wouldn’t have been such a success.
Clarkes of London; Gavin Ross and Ricky Fletcher
The Kings Ferry; Simon Le Mar, Lee Miller, Leigh Marriott, Steve Pennell, Debbie Mann, Lewis Byrne, Jaimie Florea, Chris Salisbury and Izaak Mann.
Stewarts Coaches; Michael Gurr and Jonathon Furlong
Woods Coaches; Mark Kent
We would also like to thank the Marketing Team for arranging the new promotional material and giveaways.
We would also like to give a special mention to Dave Mann, our Senior Traffic Manager, for organising and coordinating this fantastic event. You did a fantastic job of getting everyone together for such a momentous occasion!