Private bus company which was founded in West Hartlepool in 1934. The company provided holiday tours to resorts around the UK, later into Europe and actually owned the Royal York Hotel on the Isle of Wight in the past. They were also known for day trips, mystery tours and were hired for private tours. The company had large garage premises in Oxford Road until closure in 1986.
It appears Beeline headquarters later became Linthorpe Middlesbrough and the company later became Ellerman Beeline before disappearing.
Many people of Hartlepool will remember travelling 'on the Beeline' as was commonly said at the time.
Not a great image, but this was taken in 1953 when the office was decorated for the Coronation of Elizabeth the 2nd. The building is still there on the corner of York Road and Lucan Street and although the upper floors of this and the property to the right are the same, the shop frontage is greatly altered.More detail »
Taken in the early 1960s, the Beeline bus sign says Torquay but it is an unlikely destination for so many buses from a school. The headmaster, Sid Rawlings can be seen surrounded by female staff wearing their 'pac a macs' which were a must in the 1960s on potentially rainy school trips ! The teacher looking towards the camera is Miss Lilian Watchman. Probably a trip to the Roman Wall indicated on another photo.More detail »
For many years Rogers' Confectioner & Tobacconist's shop was at the corner of Oxford Street and Stockton Road. The shop itself says Oxford Corner. There is a Travel Agency sign in the left hand window of the shop and on the pavement outside is a sign advertising 'Bee Line Excursions'. The Bee Line garage was in Oxford Road almost diagonally opposite the shop. On the right hand side of the photo is Oxford Street School.
This photo was taken in October 1962.
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This 130 bedroom hotel was in Ryde on the Isle of Wight which was a very popular destination for Bee Line holiday makers. The company bought and refurbished the hotel in 1967 and Mr Ray Hardwick the managing director of Bee Line at the time said how this brought real value for money for the holiday maker.
It was an Art Deco building from 1938 with wonderful views across the sea. The decline in this type of holiday meant that Ellerman Beeline eventually sold the property and the building declined finally closing in the early part of this century. The grade 2 listed building currently lies derelict and in a very sad condition.More detail »