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Are you pictured in the Bewbush Playbus Photos?

Bewbush Playbus

CRAWLEY residents of a certain age will have fond memories of the Bewbush Playbus.

This is where it all began.

In 2012 an article appeared in the local paper. Indeed where are they now?

The Bewbush Playbus
'It was a mobile community centre and classroom for children between 1980 and 2005. Sue Wickstead, has dug out these old pictures of the playbus for us to share with you. Sue has just written a children’s book inspired by the bus that called 'Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus'. Mrs Wickstead has previously written a factual book, called 'Bewbush Playbus', which was published in 2011. Working as a supply teacher she would often regale her pupils with tales of the playbus. Their interest in those stories inspired her to create the children’s book, which is available on Amazon.
The original Bewbush Playbus was an AEC Regent, which looked like a London Routemaster. It was replaced with a Leyland Atlantean in 1990. Mrs Wickstead, a teacher at Bewbush Primary School for 19 years until 2011, was involved in the fundraising to replace the old bus with the new one. The Bewbush Playbus eventually stopped its service in 2005 due to a lack of funding. It lives on, however, in the pages of Mrs Wickstead’s book.'

Since this article was published in 2012 Sue Wickstead has written a few more stories with links to both the Playbus as well as her teaching career.

This July will see 'Gloria the summer fun Bus, launched with a blog tour. Gloria, is named after one of the Gatwick Airport airbears Masots, which were painted along her outsides. Perhaps you might recognise the bus? Gloria

If you have nostalgic pictures of Crawley down the years we would love to see them. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Books are also avalable in both the local Crawley Library as well as Crawley Museum.

Where to get my books

Books are available from the following:   My Books

Amazon.co.uk     Amazon.com     Waterstones    

Barnes&Noble    Foyles (amongst others)

Don't forget to look and ask in your local Museum, book shop or even buy on your Sainsburys on line shop!

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