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I'd been really wanting to get to one of the POPS (Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society) for some time now, but due to a mixture of health issues and major rail and tram engineering works in the Manchester area, all my attempts in recent years had been thwarted. Thankfully though, this time all the planets were in alignment, and I was finally able to get to the Potteries Connection Running Day at the Gladstone Pottery Museum in the Longton area of Stoke-on-Trent on Sunday 24th of September. As if that wasn't good enough, on top of this there was also another Open Day event taking place at the nearby First Bus 'thePotteries' depot at Adderley Green as well, with both events being linked together by a frequent shuttle service. It would have been difficult to split these into two separate photo galleries, so I decided that I would just create one large gallery for both of them, and put all of the photos together in there this time.

I often say that if I took a lot of photos I must have been enjoying myself, and if that really is the case I was having a fantastic time there, and it was hard not to get carried away with so many great buses and coachs on display there. Definitely a first-class event, and one that I will certainly be attending again next year I hope, as I didn't have time to ride all of the routes this time around. The only pity was that I wasn't able to get a visit to the Pottery Museum, though even if it had been open I doubt that I would have had the time anyway, so I'll have to save that pleasure for another occasion.

It has been over 47 years since my last visit to the Stoke area, but I'm sure that I won't be waiting so long for my next visit (just as well as I'd probably be too decrepid to hold a camera steady by then, though you never know!):-) My thanks to all the organisers at both POPS and First Bus for two great events, and to all the drivers and bus owners as well.


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