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Your Feedback 2017

A Selection of your Comments and Questions
This was the first time I had visited this event, and I was blown away by the scale and complexity of it. Having read of 70+ vehicles last year, I thought I should try coming over this year, and the weather forecast (and my advance purchase programme) was the final decider. I was just over on Saturday, and didn't really travel that far (Bembridge, Newport, Seaview) but it was an amazing selection of vehicles and surprisingly easy to get a seat on the older stuff (WKJ787 and EGO426 being personal highlights).
The organisation that goes into this event must be colossal, huge thanks to everyone involved. The only things that would improve it for me would be to get the vehicle supplement in advance - I spent most of my Bembridge trip trying to plan the rest of my day and hence missing the scenery!
Favorite Pub - Didn't visit any! Chips from Riverside Centre in Newport were good though.
Martin Smith
Great weekend, look forward to next year and discovering some new pubs and old buses. Thanks to everyone who made it so enjoyable.
Favorite Pub - The Sun Inn, Hulverstone
John Gill
Excellent event and very well organised. Loved the new method of queuing on the quay at Newport, made it so much easier to get the right bus.
The Culver Haven Inn was our favourite pub, very welcoming, great service even when a bus arrived and 60 people descended on the pub the queue was dealt with quickly and with a big smile. The Sunday Roast was also excellent. One comment I would make is:- don't put on one of the oldest buses on the very first Newport to Ryde service of the day, most people on the first departure were going to Ryde to connect with other routes. It was great to ride on CAP 229, but it struggled to get up the hills and consequently arrived nearly 15 minutes late into Ryde which then made onward journeys very challenging.
Overall a fantastic event and we are already looking forward to 2018.
Thanks for all your efforts.
Favorite Pub - The Culver Haven Inn
Robert Gow
I would like to say how pleasant and cheerful all of the drivers were. It was a great experience and we will definitely be taking part next year. THANK YOU
Favorite Pub - WOODVALE - GURNARD

Carla Richardson
Just a few lines to thank all concerned in making the rally truly enjoyable. We attended with our bus (GJW43N) & it was a pleasure that our 33 passengers thoroughly enjoyed. Please convey our sincere thanks to all in making the event run so smoothly.
Best Regards
Tony & Pam Reekie + GJW43N
A great event - and a lot of co-ordination with so many buses.
The timetabling was a little optimistic with buses running 30 minutes late on some routes - very dull on busy main roads
It was also a shame that there was only a bus every hour from Shanklin to Ryde (especially when the incoming bus is late). Half hourly, travelling via culver haven , would have been better.
Was there a reason why Freshwater was cut off? I know there were roadwork's.
Ventnor rugby club a real discovery - not contender for favourite pub but definitely the best beer!
Favorite Pub - Joes Bar / Culver haven tied, Chine close second
Stephen Blann
The simple answer to your questions Stephen, is "logistics" - We simply do not have enough vintage buses that can make the climb up to Culver Haven or nimble enough to navigate the Freshwater back roads that would be necesary to get the pubs.
4th beer and buses and better every year, although more people. Having a 'fast' and 'slow' X was a little confusing, is there a spare letter? Glad to see more pubs/businesses taking it seriously, also drinkers in period costume etc.
Favorite Pub - Three Bishops
Aitch Wilkins
Another excellent weekend. The queuing system worked well, however being inside the marquee meant it was impossible to see the buses while queuing. Any chance of stopping at the Stag in Lake next year? True the pub's not a Real Ale pub, but I was staying with a friend in Lake and it would be much more convenient than having to get to and from Shanklin each day.
Favorite Pub - The Steam Railway beer tent - free bird show
Matthew Lloyd Sprack
Thank you for your suggestions Matthew. We will take them in to consideration next year
Absolutely fab weekend, enjoyed it all & wonderful to see all my favourite buses. Thanks to everyone who made it so brilliant.
Favorite Pub - Boathouse, Seaview
Paula Jones
Good morning Tim - firstly, thankyou for your prompt reply to my enquiry regarding taking dogs on the buses. We were welcomed on every bus we travelled on - with smiles & cheeriness! What a brilliant, very well organised event. We spoke to many people - Islanders & holiday makers who all said the same as us. So, please pass on our thanks to all of the volunteers/helpers/drivers who took part. We shall certainly be taking part next year - looking forward to it already!!
Kind regards - Dawn & Paul Clive & not forgetting Jodie the dog too.
Paula Jones
Comments - Fantastic event. Very well organised, proud of the Isle of Wight! A must for next year. Cheers
Favorite Pub - All good
Andy Rolf
It seemed more organised than last year and we hardly had to queue at all in Ryde bus museum (although this was Sun c.11am and last year Sat). The extra - porta - loos in Ryde were noted and appreciated, but a bit conspicuous for women I think - right where all the buses were dropping off - could they go round the corner next time? All the drivers and stewards were very friendly and helpful. Our (Kent) visitors and we all really enjoyed it, thanks very much. Great advert for the island!
Favorite Pub - The Volunteer in Ventnor's new owners coped manfully with the massive influx; also the Royal British Legion in Ventnor had a BBQ on the go which provided some much-needed sustenance to soak up the beer! ;o)
Sally Brushfield
A minor criticism (except for those waiting there) - the 14.40 Sunday route J from Newport went straight past Whitwell Church without stopping even though there were about 6 people waiting there and plenty of seats, made worse by the 14.10 being full.
Favorite Pub - Traveller's Joy
Stuart George
Apologies to those effected
Wonderfully organised - great enthusiasm on part of drivers and vehicle owners. A really creditable process of organisation - a very enjoyable day
Favorite Pub - North Bank Seaview
David Preston