Tuesday, 27 August 2013

Worthing Carnival Procession

Former London Transport RTL1427 NLE701 was one of two deckers appearing
in this year's Worthing Carnival
Worthing Rotary Carnival has been an annual August Bank Holiday fixture in the town since the 1920s and is the flagship event for the three Rotary Clubs of Worthing, Worthing Steyne and West Worthing.

Large crowds line the route of the Carnival procession which leaves Grand Avenue and proceeds along the seafront to Steyne Gardens

I was in Wothing to view the procession this year and observed two buses taking part in the event; both of them Sussex-based vehicles

Near the front of the procession was former Southdown Leyland Titan PD3/4 open topper 409DCD of 1964. The 'Queen Mary' forms part of the Stagecoach South special events fleet. A photo of her taken on a previous visit can be viewed on my flickr site

The second decker was former London Transport RTL 1427 NLE701, which was delivered new in May 1953. She passed into preservation in 1978 only to be hired back to LT for learner duties at Chiswick depot. The RTL was subsequently acquired by Hove-based Pavilion Coaches for private hire work in 2003

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