8 July 1955
8 August 1958
It was the Cardiff Queen, and the warm welcome accorded was reminiscent of the occasion last year when she came to reintroduce pleasure trips by the firm from Bideford after a lapse of some thirty years.
Bideford Town Band played on the Quayside and many of the crowd went aboard for a trip down the Torridge around Bideford Bay and back. Later she again left Bideford for Ilfracombe and her cross-Channel schedule. A series of similar trips is arranged for
By rail and road, thousands of visitors arrived to take up their booking at hotels, guest houses and holiday centres, and large numbers were passing through in the course of tours of the SW.
Traffic reached record proportions on all main roads, with inevitable delays
Inquiries among Bideford hoteliers indicated that they were ‘fully booked’. At the New Inn Hotel, Mr Tom Pennington said “The town is certainly full of visitors, many of them inquiring for accommodation but we’ve nothing to offer except for the odd room