Talks, Tours & Events for Adults

Ribble 100, 1919 - 2019

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Special Event
Saturday 19 January
See a special display to mark the 100 year anniversary of Ribble Motor Services Limited on the Flag Market and in the Discover Preston gallery.

Ribble Enthusiasts' Club and the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust will have vintage Ribble buses on display on the flag market from 1pm to 4pm. The afternoon will also see the debut of Crankshaft Brewery's commemorative Ribble 100 beer.


The case display in the Harris celebrates 100 years of Ribble Motor Services. The company was formed in 1919 to take over a bus service running between Preston and the Lancashire village of Gregson Lane. Ribble grew rapidly and became a major transport operator in Britain, with bus routes across the North West from Carlisle to Liverpool, and coaches touring to all parts of the country. In an age when few people owned a car, everyone knew Ribble's cherry-red buses, which were vital for going to school, getting to work, and popping to the shops.

In 1969 Ribble was nationalised and became part of the National Bus Company. It was eventually sold off in a number of parts in 1986, one of which continues today as Stagecoach. Memories of the company are kept alive by the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust.

The Ribble Motor Services display runs from Saturday 19 January to Sunday 7 July and will use artefacts, photographs and voice recordings to tell Ribble's fascinating story.



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