The oldest bus that still has the original operator is celebrating her 80th birthday on the Isle of Wight today.

The historic double-decker bus, known as Old Girl, has been on the Island since 1939, just before the start of World War Two.

To celebrate her 80th birthday on the 25th July 2019 a vintage tea party is taking place (all in aid of the British Legion) then the Old Girl will make her way around the Island.

She’s the oldest bus in the UK to have had one owner.

Scroll for Isle of Wight Radio’s report…

The bus is 7ft-6 wide – today the modern buses are usually 8ft by 4 and she originally came from Bristol with a roof, which was removed in 1959 by John Pullinger.

During the war, the bus was still in action, but it wasn’t easy to get a service, sometimes she would go months without a good oil.

Scroll for our photos of Old Girl…

Listen here to Isle of Wight Radio’s report.