Husband buys wife the double-decker bus they met on 60 years ago

Husband buys wife the double-decker bus they met on 60 years ago

Husband buys wife the double-decker bus they met on 60 years ago

Written by Staff Writer

17 Sep, 2016 | 12:34 pm

A husband’s romantic gift to his wife was just the ticket – the double-decker bus where they first met.

Now Ken and Shirley Morgan enjoy romantic spins around their old haunts in the 1947 Guy Arab bus.

Former RAF airman Ken Morgan met his wife Shirley when she was a conductress working on the bus route between Gloucester and Cardiff in 1956.

Now, Mr Morgan, 82, has paid £12,000 to buy the red and white vehicle which they keep in a heritage bus collection in Barry, Vale of Glamorgan.

He paid two shillings and sixpence to take the 60 mile journey on the old red and white bus and, when he got off at the other end, he asked Shirley for a date.

It clearly went well, because they married in 1959 and Ken even quit his job so he could join Shirley on the buses.

“Working on the buses with Shirley really was some of the happiest times of my life,” Mr Morgan said.

After seeing one of the red and white buses in a transport museum, he found a collector who had saved another one from the scrap yard who sold it to the couple.

“I offered to help restore the bus. It was the same fleet 1749 which we met [on] all those years before. It was a real labour of love,” Mr Morgan said.

The couple now travel from their home in Ashford, Middlesex, to take nostalgic trips around their old bus routes on the 1949 Guy Arab double-decker.

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