A shot of the new guided busway brought back memories of the ‘Skimpot Flyer’.
Younger readers may wonder what I mean by the Flyer.
Well, the train used to run along the railway line that’s now the busway.
I’m told that the Flyer took its last trip in April, 1965.
There is even a song about the Skimpot Flyer, one of many written by musician Graeme Meek about life in Bedfordshire.
The modern-day picture on this page shows a section of the new busway near Station Road, Dunstable, with Blow’s Downs in the background.
And the old photo pictured here shows part of the former railway line in action in bygone days. What’s that striking scene in the distance? You’ve guessed it, Blow’s Downs.
Are the pictures taken at around the same spot? It certainly looks like it to me.
Going back to the Flyer, I wonder what the nickname for the new guided busway will be.
I haven’t heard it being called anything but “the busway” so far.
Which does what it says on the tin but is just a little dull.
We could call it the Wheeled Wonder (with the bus guide wheels in mind) but that lacks a certain pizzazz.
The Guided Galloper is a bit of a mouthful.
I would say let’s call it The Jambuster (it beats the jams and it has ‘bus’ in the middle) but I think that used to be one of the optimistic nicknames for the controversial Green Wave traffic scheme in the early planning stages. So perhaps not.
How about the Busway Bolter?
I’m sure you can come up with something better.
Send me your busway nickname ideas and I’ll share the best of them in this column.
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I hear Dunstable In Bloom is offering community groups a chance to add a little extra ‘local colour’ to the town – by giving them free daffodil bulbs .
The team is distributing thousands of bulbs for planting this October to create shows of small daffodils in the spring. How lovely.
Suggestions include planting them in an unloved patch of ground in a street, on a roundabout or around trees.
The flower power champions can also help with planning planting sessions, if needed. Apparently, the bulbs are being distributed at the moment.
Any community groups keen to join in, if there are still some to spare, should email firstname.lastname@example.org with details of the site, location and area size to add their name to the register.
There’s just one thing to say to the green-fingered gardeners who are delving into this daffodil project – thanks a bunch!
I laughed at this snippet in the October edition of Team Spirit, the Parish Of Dunstable Church Magazine.
It read: “As my five-year-old son and I were heading to McDonald’s one day, we passed a car accident. Usually when we see something terrible like that, we say a prayer for whoever might be hurt, so I pointed and said to my son: ‘We should pray.’
“An instant later, a fervent prayer was heard in the back seat.
“‘Dear God, please don’t let those cars block the entrance to McDonald’s...’”