|I obtained details about the first buses in Skelton from a
1988 booklet "Call to Mind - More Local
voices" and have since received the following corrections.
Reference your notes for 1912 to 1926.
The description "green Safeways vying with yellow Hemingways" cannot be
Hemingways had been purchased by United on 21st November 1925 and
Safeway did not come into East Cleveland until 1929.
It is not at all definite that Hemingway's buses were yellow and is
much more likely that it is the United buses [which were yellow, as
motor tax records make clear, and did compete with Safeway in the
period April 1929 to October 1930] which were being remembered here.
United did not have the total monopoly in the district until 1937,
which rather stretches the word "soon".
I would want to give similar consideration to your statement that the
first bus service in Skelton was operating between Middlesbrough and
Loftus in 1921.
This seems too early. Licensing records indicate that Hemingway
probably commenced to run Redcar to Loftus in February
1923 and Middlesbrough to Loftus on 31st May 1924.
Meanwhile the Loftus Motor Service consortium led by G F Sissons had
commenced Middlesbrough to Loftus on 31st May 1924.
All these would, of course, run through Skelton.
Philip Battersby. Middlesbrough.