The villages served by the 37 are pleasantly rural but one provides something of a surprise:-
Wighill White Swan was closed and for sale ...
And so to Tad itself where the main industry was (and still is) Beer. Of the four breweries in the town, three still operate. Way back when, two brothers decided on brewing independence which led to John Smith's Tadcaster Ales and Samuel Smiths Taddy Ales. John's business is now a big public company, but "young Sammy (actually Humphrey)" is something of a local "character" and his brew is still local.
The return from Tad to York was on Yorkshire Coastliner's frequent and high quality service which will, in due course, have a blog of its own. Suffice it to say, fbb's vehicle had a standing load and was running 12 minutes late.
Tadcaster bus station is new-ish and very neat and tidy, but lacking any facilities. The sole toilet (20p) was one of those efforts with a control panel from the moon space mission and it appeared to be busted! fbb declined to insert and thus waste a hard earned 20p (!) and "made other arrangements" which will not concern us here. Certainly he needed to hedge his bets on this one.
It is odd, though, that the world and his uncle bend over backwards to provide disabled access, low floor buses etc. but the able-loo-needy and able-elderly are often obliged to continue their journeys in some discomfort.
Now about this standing load. fbb likes to think he's not "old" (poor deluded fellow) but on the 844 two polite students from Tadcaster Grammar School both offered the old codger a seat. Thank you very much, young sirs, you are a credit to your parents/school. Overwhelmed with politeness and depressed by being recognised as needing a seat, fbb remained standing until Copmanthorpe, where empty places became available.
Tomorrow, also from the York holiday, a fantastic feast of Ferro-equinological fun.