Operating then from Alford to Boston
80th ANNIVERSARY YEAR 1930 - 2010
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site of historical record and does not contain current service
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Based in the market town of Alford at the foot of the Lincolnshire Wolds, this business was started in March 1930 by Frederick Hunt (who had previously driven for Wrights of Louth) with a 14-seater Chevrolet. That first vehicle was employed to run From Alford to and from Boston three times a day. Whilst Hunt's have had many Bedford over the years (operating virtually every type from WLB through OB and SB to YMT) it is known that a 1929 Chevrolet LQ 14-seater UT5717 was bought by Hunts in 1933 from Farrow of Melton Mowbray. (History repeats itself sometimes and in 1979 a 1968 Bedford VAM / Duple 45-seater WUY472G came from Farrow to Hunts). By 1941 there were 16 vehicles in the fleet, covering a typical mix of schools, works and local buses. Other local operators businesses were acquired, and the business of A H Buttery of Eastville was bought in 1951.
The illustration below shows an undated timetable from this long established Lincolnshire operator (with hand written updates) showing their then main route from Alford through Spilsby to Boston, and also showing supplementary market day and workers services. The timetable is from 1961 or later as it contains the route from Firsby to Boston introduced in June 1961.
The main Boston service
was still in operation in 1978, although by then reduced to four days a
week (Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday).
Hunts - the Spirit of
continue to this day
as operators of a fleet of luxury coaches, with an extensive holiday
programme, as well as private hire work. The family firm still provides
services in and around the area, but the routes and services shown in
the timetable below no longer operate.
In the 1970s the two sons Charles and Michael (now the managing director) took over the business and the company continues to expand and prosper to this day. The business became F Hunt Coach Hire Limited in 2005. The bus and coach fleet currently (2013) numbers twenty-three vehicles, ranging in size from 25 to 53 seats. The fleet includes four minibuses, two single-deck buses and three double-deckers.
Today the main bus route is two-hourly from Alford to Skegness, with additional journeys between
Chapel St Leonards, Ingoldmells, Butlins and Skegness to give an
approximately hourly frequency. This has a summer peak vehicle requirement of four buses. The sector between Chapel and
Skegness is duplicated by other operators services. There are
market day services to Louth, to Grimsby and to Boston (but via
Skegness), as well as popular express services from the area to
Sheffield and Meadowhall several times a week.
Additionally there are express runs to Bridlington and Scarborough
(summer) and also York.
with many thanks to John Brogden for the loan of the timetable,
and incorporating information from articles and publications
by Roy Marshall and David Kaye found in the libraries of Lincolnshire