Reader Reports: From a publicity photographer

Last week I received a very kind email from a gentleman, who wishes to remain anonymous, who used to do publicity photography. His photographs come from the East of the region, and I must stress remain copyright to the respective owner.

First up is this one from 2005, when a batch of thee Wright Eclipse Urban bodied Volvo B7RLEs were diverted from a batch delivered elsewhere. The trio received Great Yarmouth branding and were later transferred to Norwich, and most recently onto Ipswich and repainted into "RAF Blue" livery. 66957-66959 WX55TZM/TZU/TZW were at the time an enormous step forward for Great Yarmouth depot, whose fleet in 2005 consisted mostly of worn out Dennis Darts deriving from the Eastern Counties and Blue Bus days. At the time, Great Yarmouth was very much considered a dumping ground for the 'big boys' within the First Group UK empire, who were benefiting from huge influxes of new buses.

In the same year is this wonderful action shot, which is taken in Acle. Photographed is Plaxton Paragon bodied Volvo B12M 20508 AO02RCZ, one of a batch of Plaxton Paragon bodied Volvo B12Ms delivered for the X94 (later renumbered the X1) in 2002. The batch lasted up until 2008 when a brand new fleet of Wright Eclipse Gemini bodied Volvo B9TLs displaced them to First Group fleets in Scotland and Essex.

Note in the far left of the photograph a former local First Eastern Counties fleet support van. For those interested in ancillary vehicles, I believe to have been a Renault Master from Caister Road, though please do correct me if I am wrong.
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Norwich Buses Blog was founded in December 2013 by Sam Larke after he left another popular blog, Norwich Bus Page. Since it's launch, the site has grown dramatically, especially whilst written solely by Kieran Smith during 2015. The blog is now in it's third year and we look forward to more success and growth in the future. If you think you'd make a good writer for Norwich Buses Blog, please do get in touch via email: samuel.larke@gmail.com
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