Taith fws i Ypres yng Ngwlad Belg a bws newydd ar gyfer gwasanaeth newydd. A bus trip to Ypres, a new bus for a new service and a special event to remember the founders of a bus...
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-The wild west is home
-to several family-run bus companies.
-In this series,
-we follow three of them.
-Taf Valley Coaches, Whitland.
-Someone's sure to complain.
-Richards Bros, Cardigan.
-We talk on the phone, mostly.
-We talk on the phone, mostly.
-Then we can't hit each other!
-And Midway Motors, Crymych.
-The bus is coming!
-They link rural communities...
-I used to follow
-a herd of cows down here.
-The drawbacks of country life.
-..with nearby towns...
-How are you, Tom? OK?
-..and run trips
-with some colourful characters.
-We're what's termed merry widows.
-We're the carers,
-they're from the care home.
-We won't get invited
-back to Newport for a while.
-Yes, there's lots of fun
-and laughter on the buses.
-It's another busy early morning
-at Richards Bros' yard in Newport.
-The service buses are being washed
-before another day's work.
-Malcolm, one of the brothers,
-is in charge today.
-He's keeping a close eye on things.
-I'm here by myself today.
-The other two have gone
-to Sherburn-in-Elmet near Leeds.
-They're picking up a new bus...
-..for a new run in Pembrokeshire
-and Carmarthenshire, Bwcabus.
-A brand-new bus.
-As well as service buses...
-is a major part of the business.
-Between 7.30am and 8.00am,
-a dozen buses leave this yard.
-It's pretty busy,
-then it's quieter by 8.15am.
-Most of these are going out now.
-Some service buses,
-some school buses.
-While Nigel is away in Leeds...
-..Malcolm makes sure
-that things run smoothly.
-But Leeds or not,
-Nigel likes to keep in touch.
-He uses technology
-to show off the new bus.
-Can you see the Optare name?
-Can you see the Optare name?
-Yes, quite plainly at the top.
-I'll be careful here.
-He has a few pennies
-in his pocket to pay for it.
-Here's the interior.
-Leather seats, or E-Leather.
-Blue. They're blue.
-Dark blue, navy.
-Everyone seems happy
-with the new purchase...
-..and they can't wait
-for the bus to arrive in Newport.
-at Taf Valley Coaches in Whitland...
-..they're preparing for a trip
-that's a bit further than Leeds.
-They're leaving for Belgium...
-..and a memorial service for those
-who fell during the First World War.
-It's a long trip, beyond the legal
-driving duration in two countries.
-A minute over is enough.
-and the police give you a fine.
-Lionel is first behind the wheel,
-and every minute counts.
-I'll pick everyone up, then Hubert
-will take over the driving...
-..all the way to Bruges.
-Off they go to Pembroke Dock.
-First on board are Geraint and Ann,
-who are used to making this trip.
-the areas we're visiting.
-My great uncle
-was injured in the war.
-The First World War.
-He was taken to hospital
-but sadly died.
-He was buried not far from Calais.
-The climax of the trip...
-..is the armistice memorial service
-at Menin Gate, Ypres.
-It's this service
-that usually ensures a full bus.
-it was pouring with rain...
-..as the poppies fell
-from the tower, from the Menin Gate.
-It was like blood
-flowing down the road.
-It was very symbolic.
-Well, a lot of people shed tears.
-Before venturing onto the M4,
-they stop at Morriston fire station.
-Waiting for the bus is Hubert,
-who will drive the rest of the way.
-I've done this trip now
-for about eight years.
-They ask for Hubert every time.
-We're going to Folkestone,
-then on the train under the sea.
-Then it's another two-hour drive
-and we should be in Bruges.
-The trip is organized by past and
-present members of the fire service.
-has a special meaning for them.
-It's important for us because we've
-been coming now for over 20 years.
-There's a historic connection
-between the UK fire brigade...
-..and the fire service in Ypres.
-It first started in 1994.
-..when the chief fire officer
-of Dyfed Fire Brigade at the time...
-..got wind that this ceremony
-was held in Ypres every year.
-He asked us if we'd like to go.
-So, in 1994, we set off...
-..never thinking, 23 years later,
-we'd still be going.
-Gerwyn and his crew are based
-at Haverfordwest fire station.
-When they're not out saving lives...
-..they take part
-in ceremonies across the country.
-We go out to Ypres every November.
-We attend the funerals...
-..of any firefighters
-that lose their lives.
-Sometimes, we're even invited
-to attend weddings.
-If there's anything on, the service
-passes the information on to me.
-I then get in touch with Dai...
-..to see who we can get
-to turn out for the colour party.
-A mobile phone is very handy,
-The colour party boys
-all get a message on WhatsApp.
-Who's available? Let's get there.
-Back in Newport, the new bus
-reaches the Richard Bros' yard.
-It's a big family occasion.
-Marteine has even come from Cardigan
-to have a peek.
-Does it go well?
-I'm glad we didn't follow you
-all the way!
-What's it like then?
-Oh, leather seats!
-How To Drive In Five Easy Ways!
-A fine Bwcabus, and it's here.
-Leather seats. Posh.
-Pembrokeshire will be amazed!
-Good, isn't it?
-It should be for the price.
-Maybe you shouldn't have gone
-for leather seats then, Marteine!
-But everyone is happy
-with the latest purchase.
-Nigel has another toy to play with.
-I'm not sure how it works.
-Poppit Sands and the best village
-in Wales, or so I'm told.
-St Dogmaels next stop!
-Midway Motors in Crymych
-is an old family business.
-It was established
-by Stanley and Wyndham Rees.
-They've reached a milestone in 2017,
-the company's 60th anniversary.
-Many family members
-rely on the business...
-..so it's vital
-to make it a success.
-Things have changed
-since I left school.
-We didn't do MOTs then.
-The service and repair
-side of things has developed.
-Aled came back,
-and he sprays and repairs cars.
-You'd never think
-that would be as busy as it is.
-There's always someone
-who has a knock at Tesco...
-..or they kerb a wheel.
-There's always something.
-There are strict guidelines
-for driving buses.
-Every driver has a tacho card.
-You put this card
-into the machine on the bus.
-It records every hour you drive.
-That's the new system.
-The old system
-has paper tacho discs.
-We use both systems
-because we have older buses.
-You can work for 15 hours a day,
-but no more than ten hours driving.
-No single shift at the wheel
-can last longer than 4.5 hours.
-It can be a headache sometimes.
-Driving hours are also important
-to Hubert from Taf Valley Coaches.
-He's almost in Folkestone
-and the Eurotunnel terminal.
-It's dark and wet
-on the French coast.
-The destination, Bruges in Belgium,
-is still about 90 minutes away.
-This will be home
-for the next three days.
-The tiny pins in the backside
-have turned into nails!
-I'll be glad
-to sit in a comfy chair.
-I'm glad we've arrived
-but disappointed that it's raining.
-But it should improve
-tomorrow and the day after.
-We're here in one piece.
-The weather's supposed to be OK now,
-but with some rain tomorrow.
-Hopefully, on the eleventh,
-it'll be nice.
-Taf Valley Coaches
-have organized a trip to Belgium...
-..for the armistice service.
-After a good night's sleep,
-some of the passengers...
-..are going on an excursion
-to the WW1 museums and cemeteries.
-Hubert knows the roads
-better than anyone.
-I'm out here every year, and
-I've been twice this year already.
-When I started driving,
-there was no satnav.
-The satnav's in my head.
-You can't go wrong.
-are the same as they are at home.
-The road surface here is better.
-The roads are better than at home.
-It's important to keep to time.
-If you lose time, people
-have less time somewhere else.
-The first museum visited
-is Hooge Crater.
-It's a chance to experience
-that terrible time in 1914.
-Delyth and Ian
-are regulars on these trips.
-They never tire
-of seeing or hearing the story.
-This year, Ian is taking part
-in the armistice service.
-Ian has been seven times, I think,
-and I've been six times.
-No, it's a good trip.
-Having two boys
-in the Royal Welch, you know...
-..when I come round the cemeteries,
-I always look at the headstones...
-..and I think about the parents who
-watched their children going to war.
-It does get a bit emotional
-when you look at that.
-But at the same time, I'm proud
-to march and show my respect...
-..for the soldiers
-that lost their lives for the cause.
-You learn each time you come out,
-going to different places.
-We meet people on the coach...
-..from other trips,
-so it's like a reunion, in a way.
-people forget why they come.
-You end up in a bar and forget
-the real reason why we're here.
-Coming to the cemeteries and museums
-is a sobering thought.
-It keeps people on track
-to remember why we're here.
-The next port of call is a vivid
-reminder of the atrocity of war...
-..that affected so many lives
-during that time.
-Loss and sadness are evident
-in the village of Langemark...
-..where thousands of Royal Welch
-Fusiliers met their deaths...
-..the poet Hedd Wyn among them.
-No visit is complete without a visit
-to Artillery Wood cemetery.
-Hedd Wyn and hundreds of other
-Welshmen were laid to rest here.
-"The poet heavy under foreign soil,
-the hands that will not part again
-"Heavy eyes beneath a thick door,
-eyes that cannot open."
-I can't remember the rest,
-but that means a lot.
-When you walk
-through this cemetery...
-..you'll see stones marked
-"Known unto God".
-Someone at home has lost a loved one
-who's known unto God.
-It doesn't make sense...
-..that you don't know
-who lies under the soil.
-From memories in Belgium
-to memories back in Crymych.
-is taking a break from the buses.
-For the first time, they have
-organized a classic vehicles show...
-..in memory of two special men.
-The vintage show is in memory
-of my husband and my father-in-law.
-I've meant to do it for years,
-but today, it's happening!
-We have vintage cars,
-bikes and tractors coming.
-I hope it stays dry.
-Every member of the family
-has a job to do.
-We have six different bikes.
-That one there's from 1912.
-This one's from 1921.
-And this one's from 1928.
-They're the three oldest ones.
-Myself and my brothers...
-..ride them the 75 miles
-from Tenby once a year...
-..just to keep them turning.
-It's the first time we've held it.
-Hopefully, we can do it again
-if it goes well.
-Off they go, and the grandchildren
-pitch in as well.
-A David Brown and a Fordson Major
-Shon has his hands full...
-..and Elan looks stressed
-trying to maintain order.
-Some posh cars are arriving as well.
-This was Wyndham's special bike,
-so we've brought that out.
-And this was Stanley, Dadcu,
-this was his pride and joy.
-It was in better condition then,
-so we've brought those out.
-A bus is coming!
-Of course there is!
-And another one!
-This is a special one.
-It's going well.
-There are so many cars coming in,
-it's a job to control everything.
-It took a lot of planning...
-..but it's great even as it is now.
-We're expecting a hundred cars,
-if they all turn up.
-It's nice to see.
-We've always wanted to do it,
-and the sun's out, as a bonus.
-All the spadework has paid off.
-It's eight years almost to the day
-that we lost my father.
-He and Dadcu, Stanley,
-always wanted to do this.
-They spoke about it for years,
-but they both died at a young age.
-We're glad to do it as a family.
-It's taken us eight years,
-but we've always wanted to do it.
-If they were here...
-..they'd be all smiles
-and wouldn't know what to do.
-The show's a success,
-and it's a day to remember.
-I can see Stan
-and Wyndham's faces now.
-That was their hobby.
-It's great that the Midway boys...
-..did this in memory
-of their father and grandfather.
-It brings the community together...
-..and gives us a chance
-to display our vehicles...
-..and talk to others
-who share our interest.
-They'd have enjoyed something
-like this when they were around.
-The crowd here today
-shows what people thought of them.
-It's a pleasure to see everyone,
-and they would have loved it.
-It's fantastic and the sun's out.
-Someone's looking down on us
-and it's been great.
-In Belgium, it's Friday 11 November.
-A historic and special day
-for the group from west Wales.
-they travel hundreds of miles...
-..to be part of the Menin Gate's
-armistice service in Ypres.
-It's a world-renowned memorial
-for those who died in the Great War.
-The day has dawned.
-We'll get changed here
-and march to the Menin Gate.
-Yes, it's a huge occasion.
-I'm quite nervous, actually,
-even though we've done it so long.
-You still get the old butterflies,
-and there's a lot expected...
-..even after all these years,
-and the lump in the throat.
-It's an honour to do it.
-It is a big honour, and not many
-people get the opportunity to do it.
-I'm very proud to come over here
-and march with the fire service.
-Two boys with me were in the army
-and both went off to war together.
-I always think of people
-who went and never returned...
-..and parents who lost children...
-..when I'm up there at the memorial
-hearing the Last Post.
-The boys are clearly very proud
-of the duty that awaits them.
-The town square has been closed...
-..and the Menin Gate
-attracts a crowd...
-..to be a part of the event.
-Officers from all over the world
-take part in this unique service...
-..each remembering those soldiers
-who fought for their countries.
-and we've done it 23 times now.
-Every time we come,
-the emotion is there.
-It's different every time,
-it stirs the emotions.
-The atmosphere in Ypres is something
-special. Very, very moving.
-Especially when the Last Post goes
-and the poppies come down.
-it gets a lump in the throat.
-It all went to plan, very good.
-People come from all over
-to support the cause.
-We all want our children
-and everyone else...
-what happened in the war.
-We want to keep it going.
-Next year again,
-and the 100th anniversary in 2018.
-Next time on the buses...
-The Richards Bros' special bus
-for a special occasion.
-It's one of the perks,
-driving these girls.
-Clive Edwards is at his best
-entertaining a crowd.
-We're here to have fun,
-and we're having fun.
-And Midway Motors
-celebrate 60 years in style.
-I'm chuffed to bits. It's lovely.
-Come for a spin on the buses.
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Taith fws i Ypres yng Ngwlad Belg a bws newydd ar gyfer gwasanaeth newydd. A bus trip to Ypres, a new bus for a new service and a special event to remember the founders of a bus company.