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AFTER the Great War the opportunities for people to get away for the day increased with the advent of motorised transport.

In the days before coach travel, which really came in to its own in the 1930s, the method that was mostly employed was a vehicle known as a charabanc. This was really just an enlarged car extended in length and supported on iron girders.

Charabancs, although a novelty, were not the most comfortable way of getting around. And at 10-15mph, they were certainly not the fastest.

Here we see two charabancs run by the North Ormesby-based firm of TO Harrison all set for a day's outing for the staff and families of Eastman's, the nationwide chain of butchers shop.

They are seen here standing outside Eastman's Middlesbrough shop on Corporation Road, which back in 1922 was situated next to J.L. Jaffa, the tailor and tea merchant Robert Denniss.

The corner of Gurney Street is shown along with the premises of Willis and Co boot and clog-maker.

Note the names of the charabancs, Primus and Sumus, reflecting the Erimus motto of Middlesbrough and also the tram lines running down the street.

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Date:Feb 14, 2012
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