End of the road for vintage bus company

They have been a familiar sight in a north Northumberland town – and beyond – for more than a decade.

But Dreadnought Coaches’ eye-catching vintage double-decker buses have taken their last ride.

The company is no longer offering the maroon-and-cream-coloured vehicles for private use or public transport.

And the last operating day for the Alnwick Sightseeing Tour was the end of September.

It is the end of an era for the company, which had 15 staff members on the books and had been running for 11 years.

Owner Claire Gilroy said: “We have decided to retire. There is nothing more sinister.

“Things were going well, but we decided enough was enough.

“Looking at the long-term analysis, running vintage buses wasn’t going to be easy and it is only going to get harder and harder.”