When I saw this bus on Ebay the other week I just had to place a bid, and has no one else did I was both pleased and a tad worried about being a sad-sack... ;o). Jane thinks my 'ebaying' is mad.... but then she's only a honorary Hydonian... she's only lived here 25 years or so.
The advert is what caught my eye and led me to part with some money... Alfred Beames Ltd, DIY and Timber was on George Street.. as a small boy I would go here with my dad for bags of sawdust for his pigeon loft which was on Church Brow..... we also kept and bred rabbits, and Chickens, so a supply of sawdust was always needed.. Dad would take fresh eggs down to Alfred Beames as payment... and we were never refused sawdust.
I cannot remember when Beames closed down... I know one or two of the lads moved over to Sherwood Timber on Clark Way... this was then taken over by Illingworth and Ingham... Bob, Roy and Mick (Paddy) still work there now... Hyde Means Beames.. what a catchphrase... ha! borrowed from Heinz Mean Beans
On a side note, the 210 bus was famous - here's one of its starring roles in the series "Life on Mars" starring John Simm and Philip Glenister which was shown on the BBC!