This is a photograph of my father Sidney Crutchley taken whilst working at Central Coachways in Walsall at 4:15am on Sunday 13th October 1974.

Dad drove for Central from 1965 until the firm ceased operations in about 1987.

Central Coachways were a coach travel operator based in Shaw Street, Walsall. They operated between the mid 1950's and 1987, being taken over by WMPTE towards the end.

Central was owned for many years by the Co-op. Central Coachway's garage was located on the corner of Wolverhampton Street and Blue Lane West, and had an access off Shaw Street. The garage and yard were located where the Crown Wharf Shopping Park is situated today, roughly where JJB Sports and Asda living are now.

The coach behind Dad is a Viceroy. There were six and four wheel versions of the Viceroy produced, this was a four wheel version.