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181012aTrue Blue

Back in March 2017 we reported on a conversion for Tantivy Blue Coach Tours from Jersey. At that time we converted a single-decker into an open-top sightseeing bus.

This summer they asked us to carry on the good work on another of their buses. Tasks this time included moving seating in order to create a boot space and a new emergency exit, before installing a new seating area at the rear.

After the flooring and electrics had been updated the exterior of the bus was painted in the Tantivy trademark blue.

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180912Something’s cooking at the Coachworks

Back in April this year we showed you RM 2531 arriving at the Coachworks ready for work to begin. For the last four months a team of coachbuilders, carpenters & upholsterers have been busy turning this bus into a mobile restaurant for Brigit’s Afternoon Tea. The lower deck is being kitted out with a fully fitted kitchen, complete with sinks, fridges, worktops, cupboards and a cooker. The upper deck will be a fully air conditioned dining area complete with mini bar. As you can see this project is progressing well. Be sure to keep an eye out for further updates in future newsletters! For a while this bus was joined in the workshop by its sister vehicle RM 191 which came in for some internal & external repairs & a general spruce-up.

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180810I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want...

... to see the Spice Girls’ bus back at the Coachworks 21 years after it was originally here! Back in 1997 the Coachworks team converted this 1978 British Leyland Bristol for its appearance in the Spice World movie.

At the time the bus attracted a lot of attraction from passers-by and this year history has been repeating itself. After spending the last 4 years in a marina on the Isle of Wight the bus returned to the Coachworks this summer. With the Spice Up! Exhibition opening in London at the end of July the bus was in need of some TLC to restore it to its former glory.

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180504Spring is in the air

Back in November last year we introduced you to this RML 2505 belonging to Lady in Red Productions Ltd. At that time she came in for a general spruce-up including bodywork repairs & painting, some parts replacement and an MOT. Now here she is in fine form and full working order about to head out on the road on a glorious spring morning. What a difference a few months makes!

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180419Ready, steady go.

Let it snow, let it snow.

The Beast From The East will not stop these four B Bakery Routemasters from servicing the visitors to London. Watch out for the next exciting B Bakery conversion for something new. Go to www.b-bakery.com for more information.

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SEC Signworks has recently merged with Gordon Engraving and we celebrated by holding an Open Day at the end of March. We also used the event to commemorate Gordon Engraving’s 50th anniversary.

Local businesses made the most of this unusual opportunity to visit behind the scenes as we opened our doors to reveal the complex processes behind the production of perspex and acrylic creations, laser and commercial cutting and much more.

James Wilford, of YMS Travel, who attended the Open Day, said: “You see some amazing signs outside shops and businesses and many of them are very creative. It was fascinating to see how these are made and some of the clever techniques involved. I was also very interested in the processes behind the acrylic products made by Gordon Engraving, from canapé trays to awards trophies!”

Jamie Thomson, director of SEC Signworks, said: “There are some highly skilled and experienced staff working for our new joint venture and they really enjoyed the opportunity to show off their skills. Visitors appreciated seeing them at work and it was a very enjoyable day.”

The Open Day raised funds for two local charities - Macmillan Crossroads which supports people with cancer and the Martha Trust which works with people with profound disabilities - by selling handmade Perspex items including coasters and mobile phone stands.
The merger between Gordon Engraving and SEC Signworks creates a major new provider of business signage in Kent, specialising in vehicle graphics, shop fascias, signs, engraving and plastics.

For further information contact:
Jamie Thomson at SEC Signworks on 01227 766229 or jamie@secworks.co.uk