Mostyn Coaches


Ronald Frederick Astbury,

Mostyn Garage, Coast Road, Glan-y-don, Mostyn





 
BACKGROUND HISTORY

Ronald Astbury's took over from his father Frank Edward Astbury running a garage on the Coast Road in Glan-y-don, Mostyn near Holywell. The garage traded as Mostyn Garage and was involved in fuel and car sales as well as car repairs. In about 1958 Ronald Astbury extended the business by purchasing a new 12 seater VW minibus which he started to use mainly for private hire. This becane the business known as Mostyn Coaches.

Further coaches and buses were added to the fleet over a period of time.

A regular job undertaken for a period was conveying Everton supporters to the football matches in Liverpool. In addition to conveying supporters Roy Vernon the acclaimed Welsh International and Everton player was also conveyed to the match by coach. Other work undertaken included supplying a coach to Yelloway to assist them operating their seasonal service of Rochdale to Rhyl express service. Certain tours were also operated including an evening mystery tour.

An unusual occurrence in the firms history was that a coach was stolen and was later discovered to have been used in a robbery in Greenfield. Some of the proceeds of the robbery were later found in the coach.

The passenger conveyance business ceased in about 1993 and the last vehicle owned a Bedford YMT / Plaxton Supreme was sold to Voel Coaches in Dyserth. Shortly afterwards Ronald Astbury sold the garage business and retired to enjoy his passion of gardening.


HISTORIC FLEET LIST
The table below gives a list of all recorded vehicles known to have been with this operator.  I am indebted to David Donati for his dedicated work in compiling this data and enabling me to present it.

In the right hand column - where available - there is a link to a photograph of the vehicle.  The photo will open in a new window. Links in capital letters suggest the vehcile is seen when with the operator.

The column 'Pre HISTORY' shows information about the vehicle before joining the fleet including any re-registrations.  The column 'Post HISTORY' shows information about when the vehicle left the fleet and any known information of the subsequent history after the vehicle left the fleet.

For those who would wish to see the chassis and body numbers - these are to be found by clicking the tab at the bottom of the table.

Any suggested corrections or comments would be very welcome - please contact me using the 'how to contact me page'





© David Donati & Ron Hughes - any reproduction should give credit to the originator and may require permission