Last Bus to Folly Lane is a truly enchanting book which I thoroughly recommend for your library
shelf, researched and written by Craig McBrine, it brings together many previously unseen
photographs which combined with the workday diary experiences of Bill Jackson creates a very
atmospheric and interesting insight into the last ten years of Berresfords Motors.
The book covers a period between 1978 and 1987 when Berresfords were expanding
their empire and consolidating their presence as a North Staffordshire independent bus
operator, sadly the untimely death of proprietor Jim Berresford heralded the end of operations,
the company was taken into the ownership of Potteries Motor Traction and the famous “field”
behind Windy Arbour garage which for so long was a mecca for bus enthusiasts was finally
cleared of all its aged relics and contents for ever.
I completely connected with the spirit in which Last Bus to Folly Lane is written and presented,
reading was like travelling back in time when recalling and comparing my own memories of
Berresfords in the Seventies and Eighties. For me that’s the magic of this book, it is full of
personal experiences and refreshingly travels beyond being just another publication containing
myriads of bland facts and figures, the colour photographs are real enthusiast captures, the
workday diary accounts by Bill Jackson are real, full of grit and recount life at Berresfords
just like it was, that’s what makes Last Bus to Folly Lane so special.
Last Bus to Folly Lane is written and researched by Craig McBrine, published by Three Counties
Publishing (Books) Ltd and costs £14.95. ISBN 978-0-9554845-5-1
Three Counties Publishing (Books) Ltd can be contacted at
P.O. Box 435, Leek Staffs ST13 5TB or via their website www.3countiespublishing.co.uk