A PIECE of the region’s transport heritage has helped make a North-East couple’s wedding a day to remember.

Rather than hiring the usual wedding transport, Cameron Dulston, of Darlington, made sure his guests travelled in style – by using the Daimler Fleetline bus he and new wife, Christine Urwin, helped restore.

The couple are members of the volunteer-run Darlington Bus 50 group which restored the single-decker bus back to its former glory.

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The buses, which carried thousands of people on journeys around the town and further afield for more than 20 years, were introduced by Darlington Corporation in 1974.

Only a handful of the original 350 buses remain today, the majority having been scrapped.

Mr Dulston, 24, said: “There are quite a few of us in the group whose aim is to restore it and I thought it would be a nice little touch to have a part of Darlington’s history involved in the day.

“It was a thoroughly enjoyable day and everything went to plan.

“I used to be a bus driver a couple of years ago and it was something me and my mentor driver spoke about in the pub - that it would be nice to get a bus - but I never thought it would happen.

“But sure enough the group was formed and we acquired the bus.”

The bus, which bears an advert reading “Wake up to The Northern Echo”, transported guests to the wedding at All Saints Church, in Hurworth, and reception at Redworth Hall Hotel.

It has also been showcased at a number of events throughout the region, including the Great North Steam Fair, at Beamish Museum, in County Durham, in April.

For more information visit darlingtonbus50group.yolasite.com