1968 – WNO 481 is acquired by The Eastern Counties Omnibus Co. which operated an extensive network of bus services throughout the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire and into parts of Essex, Hertfordshire, Lincolnshire and Northamptonshire, an area of some 9,000 square miles!

From the popular seaside resorts of Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth in the east, to the Northamptonshire towns of Corby and Kettering in the west and from quaint Wells-next-the-Sea in the north to Colchester, Britain’s oldest recorded town in the south, the familiar red and cream omnibuses of East Anglia were once a very common sight as they wended their leisurely ways along the myriad of highways and byways which traverse this beautiful area of eastern England.With thanks to : http://easterncountiesomnibusco.com/ecoc6.html

An ever popular open-topper running the Felixstowe Sea Front Service, Route No 248. Stops included: Felixstowe Dock, Town Centre and Felixstowe Brook Lane.Special event days included horse race meetings most notably The Epsom Derby in May 1968 and again in June 1971.In the busy summer months WNO 481 operated from Eastern Counties Felixstowe open-air bus garage in Langer Road and in winter was stored under cover at Wellington Road, Great Yarmouth.

Just before its transformation into 1972 Wings Tour Bus WNO 481 is pictured here with its Yarmouth destination blind.

© Copyright 1972 Wings Tour Bus.Photo credits: with thanks to Sydney Eade, Daniel Peart, IBPTS Felixstowe, Busman Extraordinaire Paul Bateson. Fair Use Applied.