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COACHES ON THE FLATTS

ADDED 20 JULY 2006

I am prompted to contact you regarding the photographs of the coaches on the Flatts, Aire Street, featured in the July 2006 issue of the Knottingley Digest.

As far as I can recall, the coaches, (often as many as twenty or more in number) were used for the Old People’s outings each year and they went round all the housing estates in Knottingley and Ferrybridge picking up their elderly passengers.

After congregating on the Flatts they would set off with the Knottingley Silver Prize Band leading the ‘parade’ along Aire Street.

In the foreground of one of the photographs you can see ‘Massarella’s Ice Cream van while to the left and just a little further into the distance on the same photograph is another ice cream seller called Potter, who sold from his motorbike and sidecar.

The Kildare’s - operators of at least one of the coaches seen in the photographs - I believe were a family from Adwick-le-Street in Doncaster and unless I am mistaken the business continues to this day.

Mr. Rowbottom.
20 July 2006


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