George Hunter's Coaches





Matt Rooney

New Cumnock. Ayrshire

Thank you to Matt Rooney, New Cumnock. Ayrshire, Scotland, for the recollections one of his many jobs in and around Edinburgh  -  driving buses:

Matt wrote:

'The Three Lochs' Tour

"The Three Lochs" was a favourite tour for the older generation.  We used to stop somewhere for a wee cup of tea or coffee, then we went to "The Three Lochs" trying to make it as easy as possible for the elderly of the party, we then went to the Central Restaurant at Crieff for lunch.    The driver didn't have to pay for his meal as it was included in the price of the trip.  Not a lot of people knew that back then.  What we did do was to leave a shilling tip.

Then we did some more sight seeing then I think we would stop of somewhere else for a cuppa or it could be fish and chips, depending on who was in the party that day, before heading home to Edinburgh or wherever the ladies and gents lived.  It was a door-to-door thing in those days, not like now where its a pick-up point and drop-off point.

It sounds so impersonal to me, as back then we did provide a very good service, no matter who was on those buses.  These ladies and gents may have been on the pension but they were by far the best tipper's of their age - and they Insisted that it WAS taken.

I remember those happy times with a smile   -  and they did like to sing on those trips.

Matt Rooney, ( now aged 73)  August 2005




Betty Clark


Thank you to Betty Clark  who read the message above from Matt Rooney, then wrote:

Bonyrigg, Loanhead and Penicuik

"Matt Rooney must have been around in my teenage years.  I danced my legs off at Bonnyrigg Regal, Loanhead Town Hall and Penicuik Institute, before I met my husband, John, back in 1956."

Hunters Garage

"My father John Curran as a young man, back in the twenties, I'd say, hung around Hunter's garage.

Malcolm and Duncan were his friends.  He drove the taxies for them.  That's how he met my mother.  She was in service at a big home in Seafield near Roslin."

Betty Clark, Canada:  June 5, 2007




Ian Mycko

Gilmerton, Edinburgh

Ian wrote:

Bonyrigg, Loanhead and Penicuik

"My dad worked for Pentland Garage and for Middleton's Coaches in Loanhead.

He also did some part-time work for Hunter's Coaches.

I spent lot of my youth in Loanhead with my dad .  I wonder if any of people who commented on Hunter's Coaches knew him.  His name was Michael Mycko "

Ian Mycko, Gilmerton, Edinburgh:  June 7, 2007

If you'd like to reply to Ian Mycko, please e-mail me and I will pass on your message to him. Thank you.    -  Peter Stubbs:  June 7, 2007


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