01 June 2011
Around 5,000 people made their way to Kent Showground on Saturday 9th April to take part in M&D 100 celebrating the centenary of the formation of the Maidstone & District Bus Company. ...
Around 5,000 people made their way to Kent Showground on Saturday 9th April to take part in M&D 100.
As reported in our May issue, M&D 100 was a special event to celebrate the centenary of the formation of the Maidstone & District Bus Company.
On the day, just under 50 former M&D buses and coaches were on display, along with another 25 representing other companies. The oldest bus at the show was one of the earliest M&D vehicles, with its chassis being built in 1912.
One of the organisers of the event, Arriva’s Publicity Manager, Richard Lewis, said: “After all the hard work put in by the organising committee, it was great to see so many people enjoying the event.
“The link-up with the Heritage Transport Show gave people so much to see, with a large display of cars, vans, commercials, tractors and motorbikes to complement the M&D 100 buses.
“The number of visitors was far greater than we had expected and shows the affection with which M&D is still remembered, both by bus enthusiasts, former staff and local people.
“It was also good to see so many old faces around the showground as it is the people behind the scenes and on the front line who made M&D the company it was and who developed the roots for the present Arriva business in Kent. Here’s to the next hundred years!”