Jurassic Mule buses returning to East Devon

PUBLISHED: 15:01 19 July 2018 | UPDATED: 09:17 23 July 2018

The fleet of Jurassic Mule open top buses. Picture: SUBMITTED

The fleet of Jurassic Mule open top buses. Picture: SUBMITTED

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Popular open top bus service will operate between Charmouth, Lyme, Seaton and Beer

A fleet of open top buses is returning to the roads of East Devon and West Dorset for the tourist season.

Jurassic Mule Motorbus, part of Mendip Mule, is re-introducing its popular summer time service.

It begins operating the 124 route between Charmouth, Lyme Regis, Seaton and Beer on Saturday (July 21) and the service will continue until September 4.

The fleet of classic open top double decker buses includes Bristol VRs and Olympians with the occasional appearance of “Eric” the rare open top Bristol RE single decker.

Company owner Derek Gawn has appointed a new operations manager for this season. Edward Jacobs will already be familiar to many people as a professional musician, entertainer and musical director, working all over the South West and other parts of the UK.

What many may not know is that he also has a transport industry background, having run his own bus and coach company, ESJ Motor coaches, in South East Cornwall for 20 years up to 2007.

He has also managed a stretch limousine and wedding car company in Plymouth and currently runs ‘Jeeves’, a smaller wedding car company based in East Devon.

Said Mr Jacobs: “I am excited about the challenge of managing the Jurassic Mule operation this year and looking forward to stepping up to the challenges ahead and working with the team. “This will be very different from my usual line of work and gives me a welcome opportunity to return to the public transport industry.

“I know that we can help generate business and income for this beautiful part of East Devon and bring pleasure to many people who would like to ride our scenic route.”

Mr Jacobs and Mr Gawn have been working closely together over recent weeks preparing the classic buses which form the operational fleet for the forthcoming season.

Mr Jacobs will also be liaising with local town councils and residents across the operational region to form valuable working relationships and develop a positive ethos within the area.

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