busThursday 27 December will see the streets of Medway playing host to an array of old and unusual buses taking part in the Diamond Jubilee Bus Event. Nu-Venture have assembled a colourful collection of vehicles past and present which will supplement the normal bus services between about 1000 and 1530.

The event ‘HQ’ will be at the Acorn Wharf Coach Park in Gas House Lane, Rochester, just a short stroll from the shops and cafes in Rochester High Street, so while the mums are busy shopping, dads and kids can look at the buses on display in the coach park and take some free rides on the frequent runs between Rochester Coach Park and Chatham, the first bus from Chatham will depart at 0945 then every 15 minutes until 1530. For those travelling from further afield, there will also be a shuttle bus between Strood Station and the Coach Park, first bus 1005 then every 30 minutes until 1505.

Special bus routes will operate to and from Lodge Hill, Earl Estate, Medway Gate and also Princes Park to meet the service 150 to and from Maidstone.

The Friends of Chatham Traction will have a stall promoting their work to completely restore a 1939 Chatham & District double-deck bus.

The event builds on a similar – and very popular – event held in Maidstone in December 2002 for the Golden Jubilee.

Full details can be found by visiting www.nu-venture.co.uk