Do you remember hopping on and off the back of the bus? Did you master the fine art of doing it in heels and a pencil skirt? Were you related to a conductor?
Back in the days of clippies, the back of the bus would be open for people to hop and off (if it wasn’t too full).
Clippies were a common asset to many services in towns and cities until the early 80s. The conductor communicated with the driver using two bells to start: ding ding!
Followers of the Spring Chicken Facebook group have been reminiscing on the old style of buses:
‘When I was 14, I remember seeing my 83-year-old great grandmother swinging from the back of the bus as the bus took off. I shouted trying to stop her getting on the bus, but she was deaf, so she couldn’t hear me.’
‘Remember jumping off the platform whilst the bus was turning a corner – I left one of my stiletto shoes behind!’
‘I used to conduct on buses. That bit of platform was my patch.’
Do you wish we still had old style buses?