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ex-Southdown 81
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.

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