A memorial stone, originally placed in the wall of Yelloway Motor Services travel centre in 1969 was rescued during demolition of the famous site in the 1980s with help from Touchstones, and will now go on permanent display at Number One Riverside, close to its original location.
To generations of Rochdale residents, Yelloway Motor Services was synonymous with day trips, seaside excursions and summer holidays by coach. For decades the iconic travel company ran a thriving coach business from its town centre base in Weir Street, where the Number One Riverside building and central library now stand. The company made over 200 trips a day to seaside resorts such as Torquay, Blackpool, Llandudno and others through their heyday in 50s, 60s and 70s.
The memorial stone was originally laid in memory of the Yelloway Motor Services founder Herbert Allen, by his son Hubert who succeeded him as managing director in 1956. After being in storage for several years it has now been carefully restored.
The stone will be officially unveiled at 11.30am this Saturday.
A number of former Yelloway employees will be in attendance at the unveiling, along with Council Leader Allen Brett. These include: Joy Parker (nee Allen), daughter of Hubert Allen, Stephen Buckley, owner of a preserved Yelloway coach and Paul Blackburn, owner of the Yelloway museum coach based in Bury Transport Museum.