Mail readers hope for return of 'Santa Bus' to Hartlepool

The Santa Bus in Hartlepool.
The Santa Bus in Hartlepool.

Mail readers in their droves have called for the return of a festive bus which was a regular fixture in Hartlepool for two decades.

The 'Santa Bus', 1972 Hartlepool Transport Bristol RE single-decker became a legend in the area as it carried Santa’s sleigh on its roof every Christmas for around 20 years.

The Santa Bus as it looks now.

The Santa Bus as it looks now.

The bus, registration OEF 77K still exists – minus its sleigh – and sadly is about to be scrapped by the Lincolnshire Gliding Club, which has been using it a mobile messroom.

But members of the Hartlepool Transport Facebook group are now hoping that the bus can be saved.

Our story on the rescue attempt got a huge reaction from readers, with many saying the return of the bus would be welcome.

On the Mail's Facebook page, Natalie Newnes wrote: "Yes for sure! Loved waiting for the bus to come."

Tim Brown said: "Yes. Loved this as a kid. Sure sign Christmas was on its way."

Alistair Stuart Coultas wrote: "Hope so kids will love it to be back."

Diane Roberts wrote: "Absolutely bring back the Christmas bus."

Paula Gilbraith said: "Aw I loved this when I was a kid."

Tony Slimmings wrote: "Wow, rode on that bus so many times."

Vikki Noble wrote: "Yes it was so exciting when we were young."

However, Sarah HB argued: "Haven't we got better things to spend our money on?"

Anyone who can help, or who would like to become involved with the Santa Bus rescue is invited to contact Nick Larkin on 01733 347776 or 07950 643065 or email him at