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31st July 2005 Celebrations

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Centenary 1905-2005
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On  31st  July 1905, the first  passenger

carrying car left Silverhill Depot. Hundreds

of passenger took a ride on the new tramcars

that day. On Sunday 31st July 2005 ,the club

celebrated the centenary of this event by a

trip around the old circular route with Happy

Harold, a car pulling the club’s mini tram, built

by Roy Austen, on a trailer, a modern Hastings

Arrow bus, a Maidstone and District open top

single deck bus, a Maidstone and District

double-decker bus  and a  modern Hastings

Tramways Bus. At around 12pm, they all

started the 9 mile trip from Rock-a-Nore

coach park. The Trip took about an hour

finishing up at Rock-a-Nore again. Happy

Harold wasn’t expected to do the whole

trip, but it made it all the way around the

route without a problem. Thanks to all the

drivers who participated in this event which

went off with out a hitch. It was a great day!

Ion Castro and his son, Roy and Reg by Happy Harold during 31st July Centenary celebration.