Austin's and Happy Days Coaches, Stafford

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Date:1950 - 1955 (c.)

Description:This picture of a line of Happy Days Coaches was taken at an unknown event.

The Happy Days Coach business was started around 1922 by the Austin family. They operated originally as coal merchants and later began to arrange coach trips at weekends. In later years the Austin name merged into the Happy Days business. Happy Days had depots in Knightley, Stafford, Cannock and Walsall. They were one of the first coach companies to operate holidays into Europe after the Second World War. All of their coaches were given consecutive numbers and by June 2017 they reached 233.

Around 1951 Leon Douglas started a taxi business and adopted Leons as its trading name. Happy Days became part of Leons during 2012 and moved from their site in Greyfriars, Stafford, to a new purpose built base for Leons Holidays at Paton Drive, Beaconside, Stafford.

For many years Happy Days Coaches booking office was on the corner of Derby Street and Railway Street in Stafford. Please contact us if you recognise the location of this photograph.


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Image courtesy of: Leons Coaches (Mr Gavin Lewis)

Donor ref:IMG_0445 (55/32884)

Source: Miscellaneous Collection

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