It was good to see a Flying Banana bus back in its former territory this afternoon when First Dennis Dart 42943 WA06OAS was noted operating the 9 between Market Gates and the James Paget Hospital in Shrublands Estate
Flying Banana was the trading name for Halesworth Transit, which began running bus services in the area during October 1989 with a Gorleston Shrublands Estate to Great Yarmouth Market Gates route. I remember the drivers, in their smart yellow bow ties, providing a free banana to all their customers on the first day
They began the route with three minibuses which are shown above at their then Harfrey's Road base. They were, left to right, ex Bristol Ford Transits C431BHY and C430BHY, plus former Strathclyde Freight Rover Sherpa E237VOM.