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Driving down memory lane! Reading Buses celebrates 100 years on the road

}Now this week marks the 100th anniversary of the first ever Reading motorbus service and today Reading Buses celebrated the occasion - by way of a special trip along the town's first ever bus route..

The original route ran from Caversham Heights to Tilehurst via the railway Station and St Mary's Butts. Today's service followed that route as closely as possible - taking into account of course the many changes to Reading's roads over the last century.

On board the special service today were representatives of the Reading Buses leadership team as well as company retirees, long serving members of staff and some of their newest recruits.

The bus travelled from Caversham Heights to Tilehurst Credit: ITV Meridian

They boarded a vintage Reading Corporation Bus at Harrogate Road in Caversham Heights. The bus, known as a low-bridge bus is the oldest one still in existence and dates back to 1935.

It's called a low-bridge bus because it was specifically designed to be able to get under Reading's low railway bridges. It was certainly a very special moment today for staff past and present.

Well the vintage bus that was used today for the trip along memory lane is maintained by a Berkshire charity whose aim is to share their love of buses. Penny Silvester has been to meet them.

On Sunday December 8 there will be an opportunity for members of the public to re-enact this historical event with buses provided for free by enthusiasts.

Times will be advised on the Reading Buses website www.reading-buses.co.uk

The services will commence at 10.30am and the last departures will leave at 3pm.