The centenary of Douglas Corporation’s motor bus service this year is to be commemorated by enthusiasts in the island.
The former Douglas Corporation Transport Department would have notched up 100 years of operation in July and the Manx Transport Trust has suggested various ways in which it could be celebrated.
These include getting as many of the department’s former vehicles as possible to take part in the resurrected Douglas Carnival on July 19. They also hope to have a public display of vehicles to mark the centenary - possibly at the Sea Terminal.
Among the other suggestions are an Isle of Man centenary commemorative stamp and encouraging toy manufacturer Corgi to produce a replica model.
Douglas Council has already agreed to provide £7,500 to support the proposals, as well as repainting one of their double-decker buses in the old corporation livery.
The money will also support restoration work on an AEC vintage bus provided this can be completed by July.
In return for the subsidy, the Manx Transport Trust, which runs the museum, is to provide vehicles to use free of charge for the council at future events.
Professor Roger Carey of the Manx Transport Trust said they wanted to get as many old buses as possible to take part in the procession for Douglas Carnival in July to mark the centenary.
Author of Buses of the Isle of Man, Richard Davis, said the corporation’s fleet operated for 62 years from 1914.