THE last surviving Corporation bus garage in Glasgow is gearing up for its biggest family day yet after a three-year absence due to Covid.

The fun-packed community event at Glasgow Vintage Vehicle Trust’s Bridgeton HQ features 130 classic buses, trucks and fire engines, a fleet of American cars, an award-winning big band and free vintage bus rides to and from George Square.

GVVT chairman Steven Booth said: “This is the first time we’ve been able to hold our family day since the pandemic.

“We’ve really missed it. We’re looking forward to welcoming people back.”

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The fundraiser on Sunday, August 7, will be opened by honorary guest and equality campaigner Dilawer Singh MBE, a former Glasgow Corporation bus driver who became Scotland’s first Asian police officer.

The Michael Brawley Big Band will be performing two sets at 12 noon and 1.30pm, and in addition to vintage vehicles there will be tall puppets, model bus exhibits, fire and rescue service, police, and children’s activities, including a bike repair workshop and ceramic money box painting.

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Steven added: “We’re absolutely delighted to welcome Dilawer as our special guest.

“The event is about reaching out across our local community and he will formally get proceedings under way with a cutting of the ribbon.

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“The Michael Brawley Big Band are back by popular demand after going down a storm at a previous event at the garage.”

The money raised - entry is £5 for adults, £3 concessions and £12 for families - will go towards GVVT funds.

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Steven said: “Events such as these are vital to us. They help spread the word about the work we do. 

“They strengthen our bond with the local community, and give us a very welcome boost of funds.  

“We are the proud owners of the garage, but it is a big building and takes a bit of looking after. Much of the money raised will help maintain it.”

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Trumpet player Gary Mitchell, of the Michael Brawley Big Band, said: “We’re thrilled to be back. The big band sound is fantastic within the garage setting. 

“We play solely to raise money for well-meaning and worthy causes and are really looking forward to entertaining the crowds.”

Sunday’s family day runs from 11am until 4pm at Bridgeton Bus Garage. 

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