A TROLLEYBUS which was once a familiar sight on the streets of Keighley is set to be restored to its former glory.

Behind the ambitious project is Keighley Bus Museum Trust, which hopes to complete the venture in time for a transport festival planned in the town next summer.

The Straker Clough reg no WT 7101 was the first of several double-decked trackless trolleybuses which saw service in Keighley, from 1924.

“We believe this is the only one still in existence,” said Gerald Newton, the project manager.

“Luckily the vehicle is in fairly good condition, even though the body is made from wood rather than metal. There are no signs of rot. The iron chassis also seems to be in good condition.

“However the interior has been gutted, with all the seats removed and most of the windows broken.

“The overhead poles which collected the power to drive the vehicle are still there, but not fixed in place.

“As this will be an expensive and time-consuming restoration, we are looking for sponsorship and donations to help with the project.

“Because this vehicle was always used in the town, the bus museum trust would like to give local businesses and communities the opportunity to be part of the project.”

Mr Newton said sponsorship could be offered in a variety of ways, for example of a window or seat, and any donations would be welcome.

“If requested, names of sponsors or donators will be entered in a book to be kept in the vehicle,” he added.

The vehicle will be on display during an open day at the bus museum – at Riverside, off Dalton Lane – between 10am and 4pm on Sunday, April 28.

Admission to the event is £3.

Visitors will be able to enjoy free trips around the town on some of the museum’s vehicles.

Anyone interested in supporting the restoration can speak to Mr Newton on the day or e-mail keighleytrackless@gmail.com.