Date published: December 11, 2018
The restored memorial stone originally placed in the wall of the New Travel Center by Hubert Allen in memory of his father in 1969 and now unveiled by his family on the ground floor of Number One Riverside in Rochdale
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A piece of transportation history has been officially unveiled in Rochdale.
A memorial stone, originally placed in the wall of the Yelloway Motor Services Travel Center in 1969, is now once again on permanent display at Rochdale City Council’s Riverside Number One, near its original location.
The memorial stone was laid in memory of the founder of Yelloway Motor Services Herbert Allen, by his son Hubert who succeeded him as general manager in 1956. It was saved by John Whitworth, a former Yelloway driver, during the demolition of the famous site in the 1980s with the help of Touchstones. After being in storage for several years, it has been carefully restored.
For generations of Rochdale residents, Yelloway Motor Services has been synonymous with day trips, shore excursions, and summer coach vacations. For decades, the travel agency has run a thriving coach business from its base in downtown Weir Street, now home to the Number One Riverside and the Borough’s Central Library.
The restored stone was officially unveiled by Joy Parker (née Allen), daughter of Hubert Allen along with other family members and head of council Allen Brett.
Joy Parker said: “It’s nice to see the stone on display again and the family are very proud to see this piece of history come to life. I want to thank the council for producing the plinth and exhibiting the stone, and kudos to Steve Buckley, Paul Blackburn and John Whitworth for helping to save and restore it.
Council chief Allen Brett said, “Yelloway is a beloved name in our local history, hosting thousands of trips to popular beach resorts during their heyday in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s. very happy to meet the family, to remember the good old days and I am delighted that this memorial stone has been restored and on display again.