Palmyra, Syria 1972


The endangered Roman ruins at Palmyra is the setting for this visit of Blackpool Corporation Transport bus number 298 (EFV 298) en route from the UK overland to Pakistan. This is a classic image from a more civilised era?

With the exodus of Syrians from their country as a result of the civil war and deliberate destruction of world heritage sites such Palmyra by so called 'Islamic State' - it is poignant to recall this unique journey undertaken by two young students. An account of the diverse episodes and locales traversed in what must have been the longest journey by a Blackpool bus - will appear in the 'Desert Bus' title - from Rigby Road Publications.

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