Mini-Costin’s coach a big attraction at Dunstable carnivals

Costin's coaches in carnival parade
Costin's coaches in carnival parade

The death of Keith Costin, reported in the Gazette last week, provided a sad reminder for older Dunstablians of the famous coach-travel business which he ran with his brother Brian.

Costin’s Coaches, based until the early 1970s in a depot off Bull Pond Lane on what is now part of the Wilko’s car park, was proud of a very special publicity vehicle which became a highlight of many local carnivals.

This was a mini-Costin’s coach, seen here leading a full-size version in a Dunstable carnival parade.

That’s the Nag’s Head public house in the background, near Dunstable crossroads.

This photo was stored at Cordova, the meeting place for old folk in West Street, which was maintained for many years by funds provided, in part, by Dunstable carnival.

Cordova has now closed, and its collection of photos has been passed to the Dunstable Local History Society.

>A book of Yesteryear photos, together with matching colour pictures of the scenes today, has now been published, titled Dunstable Through Time.

Signed copies are available from the author, John Buckledee, at 69 Derwent Drive, Dunstable, LU6 3PB, price £17 which includes postage and packing.