New ‘Borismaster’ bus stars at vintage vehicle show in Whittlesey and Thorney

The new and old Routemaster alongside the 1995 Leyland Olympian from Delaine Buses

The new and old Routemaster alongside the 1995 Leyland Olympian from Delaine Buses

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Whittlesey’s main street was closed to all vehicles except vintage buses and a special visitor from London on Saturday.

It was all part of the third Fenland Vintage Vehicle Gathering which also included a classic car show at Thorney Museum, with more than 35 vehicles to see.

However, the star of the show was a modern bus, one of the new Routemasters or ‘Borismasters’ which were named after Mayor of London Boris Johnson and are said to cost £600,000.

The vehicle, provided by Stagecoach London, was on display at Whittlesey’s Market Place.

It was placed alongside a former Routemaster and a 1995 Leyland Olympian from Bourne company Delaine Buses which is celebrating its 125th anniversary.

The event was organised by Eastern Bus Enthusiasts and funds were raised for Peterborough Soup Kitchen, East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices and vehicle preservation.