Two Bell Punch tickets from Pearces of Polperro, Cornwall. Although, as you can see, they were not punched, these are in fact used tickets, issued in service during July 1966. Pearces ran a local service between Polperro and Looe – one of comparatively few routes in Cornwall that were not served by the all-embracing Western National/Southern National. I am not 100% sure, but I believe the vehicle I travelled on was (yet another!) Bedford OB/Duple. If so, it was undoubtedly the last time that I travelled on one in normal revenue-earning service. Similarly, I think it was the last time I received a Bell Punch ticket in the course of normal operations. The area still falls outside the First Western National network, being served today by Western Greyhound, which has taken over a considerable number of Cornish services that FWN relinquished.
Photograph and Copy contributed by Stephen Ford