It's funny how the London Underground ad for this is singing the praises of the new bendy bus and not like a lot of Londoners bemoaning the loss of the double decker (check out Diamond Geezer's requiem)
My friend James sent me details of a free event taking place on Sunday to mourn its passing:
Farewell to the No.38 Routemaster Bus
SUNDAY 30th OCTOBER
An Evening of Poetry with
JOHN HEGLEY, LUKE WRIGHT & CHRIS HICKS (FROM AISLE 16) DJ DARYL 'MAGIC BUS' EASLEA
FRIDAY 28th OCTOBER is the last day of the No. 38 Routemaster Bus which stops outside the Old Red for as long as anyone can remember..........
Slowly, month by month, route by route, London is losing one of its most famous symbols: the Routemaster bus - a bus designed and made in London, by Londoners for Londoners, which is to London what the gondola is to Venice. In terms of postcards, books, films, and cheap souvenirs, and in the eyes of the world, the Routemaster represents the city just as much as Big Ben. It was the last bus to be have conductors as well as drivers, the last bus to ring familiar shouts that are at least a century old: Fares please, Full up inside but room on top, Next stop the British Museum!
The last bus, in other words, to be a proper bus.
Come join us at the Old Red Lion and celebrate the passing of this lovely bus you can jump on and off.
John Hegley used to be a busconductor! Luke Wright used to travel to work on the 38! Daryl 'Magic Bus' Easlea promises to play lots of 'bus' tunes from his fab vinyl collection.