|Southdown 81 is a 1939 Dennis Falcon with Harrington
body. It was photographed in July 1970 at an unknown rally in Sussex.
Chris Hebbron wrote to tell me:
This bus, unique in Southdown's fleet, since they were Leyland buyers
pre-war, was purchased because it was lightweight chassis. Hayling
Island was served by a wooden trellis bridge, with a swing section in
the centre, which was built in 1824. Understandably, it was designed for
vehicles of an earlier age and, despite the Falcon being a lighter bus
than usual, passengers still had to alight and walk across the bridge
with the bus, re-boarding again on the other side! This was quite a walk
as the bridge was almost 1000yds long! The bus became redundant when the
concrete bridge replaced the wooden one in 1956.