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Mary Manson

The double-decker bus is coming!

Born: 1928

Duration: 2m 15s

Type: Audio

Filesize: 2.0 Mb

Recorded: 22 June 2022

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Originally from Ardgay, Mary Manson moved to Wick with her family in 1935. After leaving school she worked in the Wick bus office before moving with her husband to live in Thurso in 1960. At the time of this recording she was a resident of Bayview House care home in Thurso.

Mary vividly describes the sense of excitement in the town centre when the first double-decker bus drove into Wick. Crowds lined Bridge Street in anticipation of its arrival. Bairns were given free rides from Bridge Street round to Market Square and back, while Mary remembers one lady expressing her doubts about this innovation in public transport (two buses in one) as there was a driver downstairs but no driver upstairs…

Many more of Mary's memories can be heard in a separate recording on Wick Voices entitled "We didn't know what war was, but we knew it was no good".


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