Routemas­ter Re­joic­ings Churchill’s Re­ply Chil­dren’s Cinema

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Sir: The photo of a bro­ken-down Boris bus (“Nel­son’s Col­umn”, Win­ter, 2015) re­minded me of a pleas­ant in­ci­dent whilst vis­it­ing London, a cou­ple of years ago. Some friends of mine were kindly host­ing me and ad­vised me to take a num­ber 15 bus to Pic­cadilly to be­gin a day’s ex­plo­ration.

Imag­ine my de­light when my trans­port turned out to be a 1964 Routemas­ter. I jumped on board and, sit­ting on the long seat down­stairs, I was re­minded of the buses of half-a-cen­tury ago. Leather seats, pas­sen­ger run­ning board, gleam­ing chrome work, two-tone paint fin­ish and a con­duc­tor. I chat­ted to the con­duc­tor as the bus buzzed hap­pily along, truly a mas­ter of its en­vi­ron­ment. A photo of a red Routemas­ter in­stantly means London as much as one of Big Ben, or Pic­cadilly. — Sir: I came across the “Italy Vet­er­ans” let­ter (“Post Box”, Win­ter 2015) where men­tion was made of a British tin hat. This brought back a mem­ory that has al­ways made me smile.

Dad joined the Home Guard at the be­gin­ning of the war when they weren’t very well equipped. My mother was some­what miffed by this and wrote a let­ter to Win­ston Churchill ask­ing why the Home Guard did not have tin hats. A let­ter was re­ceived back from Win­ston’s sec­re­tary to say that when the troops at the front had all been is­sued with “steel hel­mets” then the Home Guard would get theirs! — SYLVIA

LAWER, UP­PER HUTT, NEW ZEALAND. Sir: I thor­oughly en­joyed “Satur­day Morn­ing Cinema” ( This England’s An­nual 2016). It took me back to 1938/39 when I would line up, with all the other

The Routemas­ter bus, a favourite sight on London’s streets. A reader shares his en­thu­si­asm. See “Routemas­ter Re­joic­ings”. ADINA TOVY

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