Our 1957 AEC Regent V VDV 817 featured in a ceremony at the new Exeter bus station on Monday 19th July, when the Prince of Wales unveiled a commemorative plaque. The bus was the backdrop to many photographs of Prince Charles.

Peter Murnaghan, DGOT’s chairman, said “We were delighted to be asked by Stagecoach South West to provide 817, and even more pleased to discover on the day that it was for a royal event. Our volunteers did a grand job in preparing the bus and its classic Devon General livery certainly sparkled in the sunshine. It was fitting for 817 to be present, as it was the first bus into the 1964 bus station that is now being replaced. 817 worked on Exeter city services until withdrawal in 1971 and joined the Trust’s collection four years ago”.

VDV 817 was back at the new bus station on Sunday 25th July for Stagecoach South West’s Family Fun Day to mark the first day of operation.

Image courtesy of Exeter City Council

Issued 28th July 2021