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Darth Vader to open Family Day

The Force is sure to be with you at a top event that’s out of this world.

Darth Vader will open Family and Community Day at Bridgeton Bus Garage on Sunday, July 30, writes Ed Bonner.

Supported by troopers from Star Wars Imperial Scottish Garrison, the Dark Lord will cut the ribbon with his lightsaber before the Michael Brawley Big Band raise the roof with the first of two swinging sets, featuring singer Sonja Smith.

Hosted by Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust, other attractions include 130 classic buses, lorries and fire appliances, military and emergency services displays, Unwanted Scooter Club, veteran cycles, Paint-a-Bus, Clippies Café, face painting and model buses.

Free vintage bus services will run from the garage to the city centre and Kelvingrove Museum, where the Trust has an exhibition.

GVVT trustee Ed Bonner said: “Family Day is an opportunity to see our vehicles and restoration work, and have fun.

“It had a record attendance of 1500 last year, and with Star Wars headlining and the band playing two extended one-hour sets, we hope to welcome even more visitors this time.”

Family Day: 11am-4.30pm. Admission: £5 adults, £3 concessions, £12 families. Pre-book online at the GVVT website or pay at the door (cards accepted). Enter by Broad Street.

Pictures: Gavin Macqueen Photography

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Family Day: Strike up the band!

Come on down to Bridgeton Bus Garage on Sunday, July 30 for a BIG day with BIG sound.

The Michael Brawley Big Band return by huge popular demand for their third Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust Family & Community Day, this time extending to two one-hour sets and featuring singer Sonja Smith, writes Ed Bonner.

Performing solely to raise money for well-meaning and worthy causes, the band has donated more than £50,000 to charity.

Trumpet player Gary Mitchell, said: “The big band sound is spectacular. You can’t beat live music.

“Our set will feature funk and soul hits as well as big band classics. There will be plenty to dance to. We’re looking forward to raising the roof.”

Musical buses … band members Olivia Calder and Gary Mitchell at Bridgeton Garage
Musical buses … band members Olivia Calder and Gary Mitchell at Bridgeton Garage

Family Day is from 11am to 4.30pm, with the band performing 12 noon-1pm and 2pm-3pm.Other attractions include 

Star Wars Imperial Scottish Garrison, Paint-a-Bus, military and emergency services displays, Unwanted Scooter Club, veteran cycles, face painting and model buses.

Free bus service to city centre and Kelvingrove Museum, where GVVT has an exhibition.

Admission: adult £5, senior £3, family £12. Book online or pay at the door (cards accepted).

More details on our website – we hope you can join us for a great day!

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Never too young!

You’re never too young to enjoy Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust and Amelia Harwood is proof.

The 14-month-old with a smile as large as a double-decker has taken her first bus ride…on a vehicle 61 years her senior, writes Ed Bonner.

Little Amelia rode the Big L, 1961 Leyland Titan L446, at the recent Shawlands Pop-Up, which featured six vehicles from Bridgeton Bus Garage on display and operating free services.

With uncle and GVVT member Jonathan Harwood at the wheel of the Corpy, it was a family day out for Amelia.

And she’s welcome to have another on July 30 when GVVT hosts Family & Community Day with Star Wars characters, the Michael Brawley Big Band, military and emergency services displays, scooters, paint-a-bus, free bus rides and a host of other attractions. Doors open 11am-4.30pm. More details and to book in advance online at gvvt.org/open-sundays

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Event dates for 2023

We’re delighted to release the dates for our events in 2023, including our popular Open Sundays, Guided Tours, West End Bus Fest and Annual Open Weekend. Please see our Events Page for more details.

2022 has been one of our most successful years ever, with more visitors to Bridgeton Bus Garage and riding on our buses than ever before! We’ve also visited and supported more local carnivals, festivals and community events with vehicles from our collection! Let’s make 2023 even better!

If you’re having a local community event that you think we could be involved with, please drop us an email with more details.

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Open Weekend 10th & 11th October CANCELLED

We are sorry to announce that this event is now cancelled. If you have booked tickets online we will be refunding all payments over the next few days. You don’t need to contact us.

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Coronavirus Precautions

The trustees have reviewed the latest advice from the UK and Scottish Governments and have decided that the measures we have in place need to continue for the timebeing.  This means that the garage remains fully closed.

We have also looked ahead over the next couple of months and decided to cancel some more events.  The events cancelled are:

6th September – Open Sunday

We will continue to review the latest advice available and assess what it means for Trust activities.  Please be assured that the health, safety and wellbeing of everyone is at the forefront of our decision making.  Of course, the safety and security of the vehicles and garage building is also imperative and they will remain closely monitored.