Coach firm Beavis to close after historic 60 years in business in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
AN ERA has ended with the impending closure of Stroud valleys family coach firm Beavis Holidays.
Founded by the late Brian Beavis in 1949, the company would be saying farewell on March 31 his daughter Antia Baxter said.
"We are proud to have provided comfortable, safe, coach transport since the 1940's," Mrs Baxter said.
Her father, who died aged 96 only six months ago, had harnessed a passion for transport when he bought his first coach.
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But Mrs Baxter said it was her mother Madge, who died in 1989, who'd had the taste for travel and had encouraged the firm's European holiday tours.
"It is amazing to me just how much the closure has affected people around the area. They've been saying how they remember they used to go to school on our coaches," Mrs Baxter said.
"I would like to thank all the people who have travelled with us and also all our employees over all the years who've been a real team," she said.
"We are privileged to have shared so many memories ,she said.
The son of a private hire driver Mr Beavis loved driving and became a proficient driver before his 17th birthday when he eagerly awaited the arrival of his licence in the post.
Beavis' first holiday brochure was published in 1952 detailing holiday programmes in the UK and Europe with tours costing around 23 guineas.
Passionate about his coaches, Mr Beavis also drove in the Second World War when he was at the wheel of a tank transporter in the 8th Army.
He served in North Africa and later Italy, most notably in Monte Casino.