Vintage Bus Ride courtesy of the East of England Co-op.

To coincide with Dementia Awareness week, the East of England Co-op organised a vintage bus trip for people living with dementia and their carers and some of our Friday Friends customers & carers were lucky enough to go. The red double decker bus was loaned and driven by volunteers at the Ipswich Transport Museum.  We … Continued

by Tracey Dockery

To coincide with Dementia Awareness week, the East of England Co-op organised a vintage bus trip for people living with dementia and their carers and some of our Friday Friends customers & carers were lucky enough to go.
The red double decker bus was loaned and driven by volunteers at the Ipswich Transport Museum.  We left the museum at 10.30am and travelled along with the Mayor, Roger Fern and his wife, and 39 other people to Felixstowe.  On the bus we were each given a ticket from the bus conductor and sang along with a three piece choir to all the old songs.  We made a stop at the Spa Pavilion for some bracing sea air and some pictures and then got back on the bus which took us to The Orwell Hotel.  At the Hotel we were greeted by the very new Mayor of Felixstowe and his Consort, and this was his very first engagement as Mayor.
We had a lovely afternoon tea lunch provided by hotel.  There was memorabilia about Felixstowe and a slide show of photos of Felixstowe from the turn of the century.  After lunch, we all got back on the bus for the return trip to Ipswich. Back at the museum, we had a tour of the exhibits – many more exhibits that any of us thought!
About 2.00pm, we all left having had a fantastic day out! Thanks to all for a very special day.