News from 2011

12th December 2011

We've just uploaded Our latest You Tube clip, our East Coast FM advert, with pictures!

5th December 2011

We are pleased to announce that from Friday 9th of December East Coast FM will be on 87.7FM and we will have our very first radio advert played on the station the same day!

We continue to sponsor the 'School Bell' show weekdays 6pm to 8pm, and our new radio advert will be played all day, 7 days a week.
Tune in and support East Lothians local radio station!
To listen to our advert press play below

16th November 2011

We sent out our November email Newsletter today,if you haven't signed up to receive it yet click here to view it.

24th October 2011

Our latest new coach, a 33 seat Mercedes Plaxton Cheetah, arrived the other day. We ordered it with the same moquette (seat material) and leather inserts that we have chosen to use in our other new coaches bought in our 20th anniversary year.
It is fitted with Climate Control AIR CONDITIONING and also has a DVD player with flip-down screen. For more details see our 33 seater page.

23rd October 2011

We've just uploaded Our 1st You Tube clip, 'How we wash our coaches'.

15th October 2011

On the evening of Thursday 13th October we had the pleasure in attending the launch of the 'Muirfield Riding Therapy 2012 calendar' it was a great evening and the start of a campaign that will hopefully raise a great deal of money for this worthy cause.
To show our support we have sponsored the month of August in the calendar.
Click below to read their press release.

Muirfield Riding Therapy Press Release

7th October 2011

Route One Awards 2011 Programme (Edit)

On the evening of 5th October we attended the RouteONE Operator Excellence Awards Dinner at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham. We were one of seven finalists in the Medium Coach Operator of the Year (11 to 30 vehicles)
The event was Co-hosted by RouteONE editor Mike Morgan and BBC presenter Garry Richardson with Olympic Decathlete Dean Macey and Comedian Marcus Brigstoke, who described the event as the 'Bus & Coach equivalent of the Oscars' providing the entertainment. The dinner was attended by 650 guests from across the Bus and Coach industry.
Although we didn't win our catagory we are still extremely proud to be considered one of the top 7 operators of our size in the UK. This is what the judges said about the finalists

"There is real quality among these seven superb finalists, confirming yet again that the coach industry really is capable of delivering excellence. Without exception, any one of the seven would make a very worthy winner"

What more is there to say except many congratulations to the winners 'Pulham & Sons' from Bourton-on-the-Water. Click above for an edited version of the evenings programme.

27th September 2011

We sent out our September email Newsletter today,if you haven't signed up to receive it yet click here to view it.

15th September 2011

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On Saturday 10th September we held a 20th anniversary party at the Maitlandfield House Hotel in Haddington which was attended by around 120 customers, suppliers, employees, frinds and family. It was fantastic to be able to celebrate with so many friends, we would not be in the position we are today had it not been for the support and loyalty of our customers and the local community.
Shown above is the fantastic cake we had specially made replicating our latest 51 seat coach. It was cut on the night by 3 generations of our family team.

8th September 2011

Yesterday we issued the following press release to Local,national and online media regarding our reaching the final of this years RouteONE Operator Excellence Awards.

Route One Awards Press Release

16th July 2011

Our latest new coach, a 24 seat Mercedes Vario conversion, arrived the other day. It was unfortunately delayed several times but is here now and ready to go to work. We ordered it with the same moquette (seat material) that we have chosen to use in our other new coaches bought in our 20th anniversary year. For more details see our 24 seater page

2nd July 2011

We had a great day at Haddington Show today, thank to everyone who said hello and who came to speak to us. Fantastic weather and showed what East Lothian has to offer

1st July 2011

Come and see us and one of our Cheetahs at Haddington Show tomorrow our stand is opposite the showjumping ring
We also sent out our 2nd email Newsletter yesterday. If you haven't signed up to receive it yet click here to view it.

29th June 2011

We were absolutely delighted to receive a letter this morning from the Editor of Route One magazine, our leading trade publication, to tell us that after considering all nominee's initial submissions that we are one of 7 finalists in the "Medium Coach Operator of the Year - (11-30 Vehicles)" catagory at this years Route One Operators Excellence Awards which will be held on 5th October at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham

We are obviously extremely proud to be considered as one of the top operators in the UK in what is the most contested catagory at the awards each year. We now have almost a month to prepare a more detailed submission for the judges before a visit from at least one of the judging panel in late August.

16th June 2011

Today we helped launch the new "Explore East Lothian" group tours brochure, which we were involved in the creation of, in association with Steve Reed Tourism and East Lothian Council. The event took place at East Links Family Park in Dunbar. After a photoshoot we then took a group consisting of tourism professionals and press on a 3 hour tour of the county.
The tour travelled to the Scottish Seabird Centre in North Berwick past Whitekirk and Tantallon Castle where there was another photoshoot on the East Beach. From there we travelled along the coast to Ducks at Kilspindie House for a coffee stop. We then went to Glenkinchie Distillery and returned to Dunbar passing through the county town of Haddington

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2nd June 2011

We are pleased to announce that from the start of this month we are sponsoring "School Bell" on East Coast FM weekdays between 6pm & 8pm.
To listen to our jingle press play below

1st June 2011

It was 20 years ago today.... Happy Birthday to us!
On the 1st June 1991 we carried our first passengers on a trip to Blackpool with our only coach, 20 years later we now run 17 and today launched our first email Newsletter if you haven't signed up to receive it yet click here to view it.

14th May 2011

After almost 18 years today is the last day that we will operate the "123 Gifford Circle". We would like to thank everyone who has used the service over the years and those who have written, emailed and phoned us to say how much they will miss us doing the service. Thanks also from the drivers to everyone who has given them "goodbye" gifts.

10th May 2011

We were delighted to receive a letter this morning from the Editor of Route One magazine, our leading trade publication, to tell us that we have been nominated as a potential winner in this years Route One Operators Excellence Awards following a nomination by our industry.

21st April 2011

As part of our 20th Anniversary celebrations we are giving some of our very first customers a free trip. We have already taken "Pencaitland Angling Club", who have used us continually since 1992, on their first of this years outings free and today took "Haddington Remembered Group" to the Open Arms in Dirleton for their 20th Anniversary Lunch.

We are extremely proud to have provided coaches for Haddington Remembered since their inception and look forward to doing so for many years to come. As well as providing the coach free of charge we also gave Pat Moncrieff, the groups secretary, a bouquet of flowers as a gesture of thanks for their support over the years.

29th March 2011

We are extremely dissapointed to announce that East Lothian Council have awarded the contract to operate the "123 Gifford Circle" to another operator. We have run this service for almost 18 years but unfortunately the last day we will operate it will be Saturday 14th May 2011. For further information please contact East Lothian Council

17th March 2011

We were asked by the tourism officer with East Lothian Council to provide a coach for some photos that will be used in group tourism brochures. This picture was taken on North Berwick seafront a few days ago with the Scottish Seabird Centre in the background. We're all trying to look like its a warm summer day, not a cold day in March!

February 2011

We have just had a new Inspection Pit installed by Everquip Garage Equipment to further improve both our workshop facilities and to improve our ability to maintain our vehicles to the very highest standards

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The inspection pit came in two steel sections which were installed on concrete foundation pads so that it could be installed level with the existing floor. Once in place the entrance tunnel was welded to the main pit and once the pre-installed electrics and air systems were connected up the pit was then surrounded by concrete. This was done in 4 pours. In total there was 35 cubic metres of concrete poured around the pit to ensure maximum strength of the new pit and exisiting floor. Once fully cured the whole floor will be painted to ensure that it can be kept clean easily

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January 2011

To celebrate our 20th Anniversary Year we have purchased a Brand new
Volvo 51 seat coach with a Plaxton Paragon body to further update our fleet
This coach features Air Conditioning, Toilet, Drinks Facilities & DVD Player as standard
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