PICTURES and videos taken throughout yesterday captured the final day of trading for Yellow Buses after 120 years in service.

For the most part, the day’s operations were business as usual. Buses came and passengers were transported.

Bournemouth Echo: Yellow Buses vehicles on their final day in Bournemouth town centreYellow Buses vehicles on their final day in Bournemouth town centre

Smiles were raised by PCSO Carl of Bournemouth Police, a former Yellow Buses driver who handed out sweets and chocolates to some of his former colleagues.

Bournemouth Echo: PCSO Carl of Bournemouth Police with a Yellow Buses driverPCSO Carl of Bournemouth Police with a Yellow Buses driver

There were even some passengers, like Josh Faramus, who decided to take one final ride on a Yellow Buses vehicle in recognition of their service to him and his family for more than 20 years. “It’s been a pleasure,” he said.

Bournemouth Echo: Yellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: David HillYellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: David Hill

Later in the afternoon and into the evening, operations slowly but surely came to an end with dozens of buses making their final voyage into the depot at Yeomans Way in Bournemouth.

Bournemouth Echo: Yellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: David HillYellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: David Hill

As the various buses made their way through the depot grounds they were clapped and cheered by fellow colleagues, friends and family.

Irene Bishop, Yellow Buses’ longest serving female driver, told the Echo: “Yellow Buses is not just about the buses, in our working environment away from the public it’s a family. We’re not just colleagues, we’re family and that has been the comfort my whole way through working here.

Bournemouth Echo: Yellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: David HillYellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: David Hill

“We were a family, and that family has been broken up tonight. 120 years and it’s all gone away.”

Bournemouth Echo: Irene Bishop (sat) with colleagues from Yellow BusesIrene Bishop (sat) with colleagues from Yellow Buses

As well as the present day fleet, a vintage Yellow Buses vehicle was brought back to the depot by its private owner to mark the occasion.

Bournemouth Echo: Old Yellow Buses model brought back for the final day of operations. Picture: Josh FaramusOld Yellow Buses model brought back for the final day of operations. Picture: Josh Faramus

Whatever the bus model, each was driven into the depot with the same message on its board – “Not in service”.

Bournemouth Echo: Yellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: Josh FaramusYellow Buses final day of operation on Thursday, August 4, 2022. Picture: Josh Faramus