Late-1980s vehicle converted to mobile playroom
When I was young, I quite fancied having a Leyland Atlantean outside my front door, so long as it was a GMT standard. The nearest I got was a collection of models, which takes up far less room. Probably a good thing because it would have rusted till I got my ‘L’ plates and PCV licence. (I still have neither).
Kudos to the teenage entrepreneur who has converted a single decker bus into a mobile playroom. Ben Laidler and his family from Ashton-under-Lyne purchased the 1987 Leyland Lynx, which previously saw usage as a tattoo parlour in Saddleworth.
The bus, E885 KYW, originally purchased from new by Grey-Green in 1987, will carry a different set of passengers. Instead of shoppers, its passengers will be children and young people aged 5 to 18 years old. Known as “Zapz” it’ll be equipped with games consoles and other activities such as hair braiding and loom band making. The bus is available for weddings and birthday parties.
The party bus was the brainchild of Ben, a teenage boy diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome and a pupil at St. Vincent’s School, just outside Liverpool. He saw a gap in the market which inspired him to set up a mobile games lounge. As well as quelling boredom, it is also a sanctuary from the formalities of weddings and birthday parties for people on the autism spectrum.
Ben’s bus is now available for bookings with its first function taking place next month. In the Tameside Advertiser, he has appealed to interested persons who wish to decorate his vehicle or provide permanent storage for the Leyland Lynx.
We at East of the M60 wish them well. If you want to lend them a hand, you can contact his mother Sandra on 07914 398611.
How I wish there was such a bus when I was younger!
S.V., 11 March 2015.