Thursday 12 January 2017

#TBT Throw Back Thursday ~ Norfolk Motor Services

Subsequent to my posting of the 14th November 2016, regarding the passing of Norfolk Motor Services (NMS) owner Alfred Blackbourn, further information has come to light on the history of the company.

Norfolk Motor Service's Fullers Hill site was badly affect by
fire in August 1984 destroying four coaches 
The January 2017 issue of the Ipswich Transport Society Journal reports that the move of Alfred and his father to Great Yarmouth in 1946 led to them buying the Norfolk Motor Services business. It was acquired from Robert Potter who established the firm at Cobbs Place off Middle Market Road during 1925.

NMS subsequently introduced a Great Yarmouth to London express operation which later ran in conjunction with Grey Green's service. Additionally operated on summer weekends was a service from Great Yarmouth to Southsea

The Norfolk Motor Services' Fullers Hill site on 25th March 1985 with two Plaxton bodied Ford R1114's present.
On the left are the burnt out remains of DEX623T (new April 1979) with then extant YEX127S (new April 1978) 
Norfolk Motor Services later passed to the Diamond Jersey Group which ceased in March 1985 following a fire at the Fullers Hill premises the previous summer. However, the successful UK and Continental holiday tours business, Sunrise Holidays, was sold to Norwich Travel agents Sterling Holidays. The tour business continues today with Ambassador's coaches regularly seen sporting Sunrise Holidays branding.

My thanks to the Ipswich Transport Society for the additional information - their Facebook site, which includes many local photos, can be found here



  1. used to travel on nms from crawley to Yarmouth on coach doubling up as a tour/express from devon.regards ray