2018 Bus &
Heritage (ITH) regrets to advise that its popular Annual
Bus and Coach Rally, which attracts visitors from across
the United Kingdom and Ireland, has had to be cancelled
for 2018 and apologises to its many friends for any
inconvenience which might result. The Directors are sure
you will be as disappointed as they are.
In these days of severe financial restraint, National
Museums Northern Ireland (NMNI), which runs the site at
Cultra, Co. Down, has been conducting a review of its
operations, including events joint with other
organisations. Whilst this review has been ongoing all
such events including the Rally had been previously
agreed were put on hold. By 20th March NMNI advised that
the review was ongoing and that they could not confirm
that the site would be available to ITH on 28th April.
They advised in these circumstances they were unable to
provide the facilities this year.
At such short notice ITH is not in a position, even if an
alternative suitable venue was available, to make
alternative arrangements which includes providing notice
to the Police Service of Northern Ireland for
transmission to the Parades Commission.
Your Directors will without delay consider if the Rally
or similar event can be re-arranged for later in the
year. Updates will be posted at www.ith.org.uk and on our
ITH looks forward to working with NMNI in the future
building on the successful relationship which has existed
for many years and welcoming back its many friends.