A nostalgic look at the golden age of coaching through travel films of the fifties and sixties
Travel by coach - go North Western! is a nostalgic compilation of three films made in the 1950s and 1960s to encourage coach travel along Britain’s green and pleasant country lanes.
The main part of each film was made by BET Limited’s film unit and given ‘local’ details - and views of the company’s latest coaches - to suit each subsidiary company, of which North Western was one. Although the accent is on tourism rather than vehicles, the atmosphere and the colourful professionally-shot films provide plenty of opportunity to see vehicles from the North Western fleet and twenty other BET bus companies.
Wheels over Britain - 1955 (29 minutes)
This wide-ranging film, with the BBC newsreader Frank Phillips as commentator, makes the contrast between the days of the stagecoach and the modern delights of coach travel all over England and Wales. Coaches from East Kent to Northern General are seen in town and country all over Britain, from the smoky Potteries to the vales of Devon.
Hire a coach of your own - 1962 (19 minutes)
Mr Cholmondeley-Warner lives! A ‘private hire manager’ explains how easy it is to book a coach for your party, and shows party organisers that the list of places to go and see is endless. London and Paris are visited, along with many places in England’s beautiful countryside.
Johnny goes West - 1966 (15 minutes)
Johnny Morris takes a coach tour to Devon and Cornwall, and enjoys sights all around this popular venue for holidays. It’s so easy with the new motorways! Padstow, Beer, Tintagel and Polperro all get a visit from the famous TV presenter.