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HORSES PULL CIVILITY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 84 YEARS AT MUSEUM EVENT


The 1880 Vanner stagecoach ‘Civility’ was hitched up to horses for the first time since the 1935 Ryde Carnival during a special event at the Isle of Wight Bus Museum on Sunday (7th July).

The weather was less than co-operative for the first part of the day, but the rain did not dampen the spectacle.

Unfortunately, current legislation meant that it was not possible to take Civility out on the road, so it simply manoeuvred around the Museum premises. This was made possible thanks to Sam and Steve of Windmill Carriages who supplied the horsepower and equine expertise. Their 2 Friesian horses, Kane and Thomas, were perfect for the job and attracted a lot of admirers.

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It was a moving moment for those who had worked on restoring the vehicle, especially volunteer Mike Squibb.

The Island Music Centre Concert Band provided afternoon entertainment, playing several numbers. Most were arrangements of film themes but the closing number, Mambo Cubana, had toes tapping. IW Bus Museum chairman Bill Ackroyd was fulsome in his praise for the young musicians and led a rousing round of applause.

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