Bus once used in Yarmouth now takes people in Bangkok to mourn former King of Thailand
PUBLISHED: 13:59 04 January 2017 | UPDATED: 14:05 04 January 2017
Tourists would not expect to see a piece of Norfolk on the other side of the world.
But for one person the name Great Yarmouth sprang up 5,823 miles away in Bangkok. A bus which once ran as the number three and eight services in the town was pictured recently in the capital city of Thailand.
The surprising sight raised the question of how the vehicle, which once took passengers between Caister and Great Yarmouth, is now taking on commuters in Bangkok.
It was spotted by Stewart Linton who previously lived in the Thetford and Bury St Edmunds areas.
Mr Linton, who now lives in Newark, took the picture on New Year’s Eve and posted it on to Twitter yesterday, picking up big attention.
He said: “I still keep in touch with the county as I’m a big Norwich City fan, so seeing the bus out here in Bangkok made me and my wife, Joanne, laugh in disbelief.
“We’re out here for a month travelling and taking photographs around Thailand and Vietnam.
“The bus was near the Grand Palace and thousands of Thais were queuing to mourn the king after his recent passing – hence all of the black clothing.
“I was taking a picture of the crowds initially and then my wife spotted the bus.
“It seems to have put a smile on the faces of a lot of people back home, so I’m glad we managed to see it.”
Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej was the longest reigning monarch in the world before his death on October 13.
His death has sparked a year of mourning in the Asian country.
While the bus has been pictured on the roads since his death, it is not permanently in use.
The bus was a fixture in the Great Yarmouth borough between 2006 and 2011. A First Buses spokesman said the bus was then sold soon after to an owner in Bangkok, although the date of when is unclear.
Graham Bessey, who runs an East Norfolk bus blog website said: “It now lives at the Jetsada Museum in Nakon Pathom, it was being used to ferry people to the Royal Palace in Bangkok due to the passing of the King of Thailand.”