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Picture Feature: Safeguard Coaches’ Centenary Event at Cathedral Draws Huge Crowd

Published on: 17 Mar, 2024
Updated on: 17 Mar, 2024

Picture by Sheila Atkinson.

More than a thousand people are estimated to have flocked to Guildford Cathedral on Saturday (March 16) to attend Safeguard Coaches’ centenary celebrations.

Picture by David Rose.

A fleet of vintage buses brought many of the people to the cathedral where they enjoyed a host of outside attractions.

Picture by Sheila Atkinson.

Vintage buses and coaches could be admired and there was live music and more.

Picture by Sheila Atkinson.

Picture by Sheila Atkinson.

Picture by Sheila Atkinson.

Picture by David Rose.

Picture by Neil Wibberley.

Martin Giles and Davis Rose on the top deck of a vintage bus made by Dennis Brothers of Guildford. Picture by Bryony Rose.

Inside the cathedral there were stands selling model buses and coaches, transport-themed books, displays by the Astolat Model Railway Club, the Guildford Model Engineering Society and Zero Carbon Guildford, as well as children’s activities.

Local historian and writer David Rose gave an illustrated talk about the history of Safeguard Coaches.

The cathedral’s Seasons Café was busy all day too.

After the event there was a reception with a jazz band, comedian Paul Kerensa, and speeches of congratulation to Safeguard Coaches, which was founded by Arthur Newman in 1924, and whose descendants continue to own this most successful and well-loved Guildford business.

Comedian Paul Kerensa. Picture Fiona Giles.

Safeguard Coaches directors Jane Newman and Mark Newman with their commemorative Safeguard Coaches centenary glass plaques and Mark’s two children, Elouise and James. Picture Martin Giles.

Safeguard’s managing director, Andrew Halliday, gives a vote of thanks to all who helped to make the celebration a great success. Picture Martin Giles.


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