A COLOURFUL array of more than 30 vintage buses took to the roads of West Wiltshire on Sunday (October 1) as the Warminster Vintage Bus Running Day returned.

The fleet of busses ran a 16 route free service from Warminster Town Centre to neighbouring towns such as Frome, Westbury and Mere, as well as passing through several villages including Codford, Sutton Veny, Horningsham and Chitterne.

The event aims to recreate bus operation as it was in the 1950s, 60s and 70s with preserved buses and coaches typical of those once used.

Founder and president of the organising committee Bob Eade said: "I am very pleased with how the day went and we saw hundreds of people come along to ride the buses, it was very well attended.

"Many people, including the bus drivers got off the buses at Chitterne where the village hall was open and providing teas and refreshments.

"It was a very successful day and we hope to hold the next one in 2019."

Since the first Warminster Vintage Bus Running Day took place in 1994 with just 2 buses, it has grown dramatically in popularity and now 35 buses run throughout the day.

Many of those who attended posted comments on social media sites to share their experience of the day.

On Facebook, Judith Clark said: "What a great day. Thanks to involved in the organisation and those who brought vehicles so we could all enjoy a grand day out."

Sandie North said: "Excellent day, well organised, great being able to ride out on one bus and catch a different one back allowing people to travel on a wider variety of buses."

A donation from the proceeds of the route programmes will be given to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.