In 1922 Doncaster Corporation received powers to operate motorbuses and 6 Bristol buses were ordered. In October 1922, the first motorbus route, to Skellow, was opened, followed in November by routes to Rossington and to Hatfield via Stainforth. In 1923 another route commenced to Edlington.
Corporation vehicles did not show route numbers or the name of the operator; the longest lasting paint scheme was plain red enhanced by a cream stripe. Then came revolution! The Doncaster superstripe was born in purple with white edging. The name "Doncaster Transport", also in white, adorned the stripe.
Sheffield celebrated the 100th anniversary of its first motorbus back in February ...
But there was a snag. Politically, the three constituent municipalities that merged to form South Yorkshire PTE needed to be given equal status; so what could be celebrated at Doncaster? Answer, not a lot! 111 years since the first corporation tram? 87 years since the first trolleybus? 50 years since the last trolleybus? 40 years since the end of Corporation buses, or is it 39?
In the end it was decided to have an unbirthday!
It's great to drink to something,
And I guess that this will do,
A very bus-y unbirthday to you!
Doncaster superstripe lives again!