Great Yarmouth 40 with a BBC film crew in 2002 (Richard Haughey)
You may remember a couple of months ago Norwich Buses Blog published a string of posts relating to Great Yarmouth Corporation Transport Marshall bodied Leyland Atlantean single decker 40 GEX740F - which survives in a poor state in nearby Hopton. I was recently contacted by John Wakefield who had come across the posts, who provides some really in depth information about the dates and owners of the vehicle, many of which had not appeared in previous posts.

John first says "Sad to see No 40 GEX740F in this state. I was the driver when the TV programme was made by BBC Look East for their Inside Out programme which went out on 16th September 2002. I was also privileged to regularly drive the vehicle for the then owner Clive Porter on a number of outings with the Cambridge Omnibus Society.

After it left Norfolk it went to to Jim Stones Coaches, Leigh in 1988 then into preservation with Richard Davies, Isle of Man, but kept at St Helens Bus Museum. Then to Clive Porter, Sawston in 2000. Clive sold it in October 2004 to Norman Dawes & Brian Collins of Royston where it was going to be used as heritage bus in Dawes Meridian Line fleet. This never happened & No 40 then passed solely to Brian Collins in March 2010 who sold it on eBay to the current owner Terry Wilkins of Gorleston. 

Long lost cousin 71 could also still be in existence locally
(Traveller Homes)
Whilst writing No41 GEX 741F still survives after being stripped out & used as a youth project bus in Beckenham, London. I understand that the current owner Clive Cook of Swancombe, Kent wants to sell the bus. It was saved from the scrap man after the Youth Group had finished with it by Clive and as far as I know he still has it in store. He had hoped to sell it to Clive Porter as spares for No 40 but Clive declined the offer. Looks like the way things are going with No 40, No 41 could be the last survivor."

On a separate note, John points out that he believes there are still a couple of other former Great Yarmouth relics in existence in Norfolk. Willowbrook bodied Leyland Swift 71 PEX171F was listed as preserved in 1990 alongside sister 77 in the Diss area, but later reports suggested in 2011 it was in existence as static accommodation also in Diss.
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  1. Hi,
    Latching onto this a little late.
    So after restoring Great Yarmouth AEC Swift 85 WEX 685M about 11 years ago Clive Cook (GYT 41) got in touch with a view to me taking it on. Ultimately I declined on the basis of cost of storage. £70 a month is alot to comit just to have a bus sat around waiting its turn for restoration. I did have a look and took a few photos at the time, willing to share if I can fathom out how to attach them. It is sad to see GYT 40 getting into the state that it is. My path crossed with it when it was housed at St Helens. I also have a download of said BBC tv programe somewhere on the old 2 candlepower PC upstairs in the spare room. Finaly moving a bus on can be heart rendering and having recently (this year) sold AEC Swift WEX 685M onto Danny Beals & Chris Speed, you hope you are selling it to the right people. Having met Danny a few times I regarded it as a safe sell to safe caring hands. Who knows 5 - 10 years down the road the bus may well be sold on again and ?????????????