National Express Dundee welcomes back first female bus driver

National Express Dundee’s welcoming back a trailblazer at this year’s Open Day on Saturday 27th June.  

Elizabeth Anne Brindley (now Anne Marnock) hit the headlines in 1971 when she became Dundee Corporation’s first woman bus driver.  The 26 year old had been working as a conductress for 18 months when she decided to follow in her husband’s footsteps and get behind the wheel herself.  Her story recently came to light when local paper The Courier searched its archives at the request of Anne’s granddaughter.  

National Express Dundee is inviting Anne to officially open its event this weekend, and to take a walk down memory lane.  Vintage vehicles will be in operation to shuttle visitors between the city centre and Dundee Museum of Transport, and an open-top Ailsa will be running trips across the Tay Road Bridge.  As well as showcasing plans for a retro-style Heritage Bus, in partnership with Dundee Museum of Transport, there will be a display featuring photos and memorabilia from the time of Dundee Corporation and the Regional Council.

There will also be the usual stalls featuring transport memorabilia, food, crafts and raffles, as well as musical entertainment, facepainting and games for kids.  Local radio station Wave 102 will also be there, broadcasting from the event.

The Open Day is running in conjunction with Dundee Museum of Transport’s Truck Weekend, also taking place that day, and there will be transportation provided to ensure visitors can easily attend both events; a vintage shuttle bus will run for free between the city centre from Primark High Street, to the East Dock Street depot and on to the Museum.  Additionally, parking will be available at the Olympia Car Park, just a few minutes’ walk from the entrance to National Express Dundee and to the museum, currently located in Market Street.  

National Express Dundee’s Open Day starts at 11am until 3pm; entry is free.

Published 24th June 2015