When the “Hereford Hopper” minibus service was launched Midland Red West Limited ran a competition to name the buses. As a result almost all of the Mercedes-Benz 609D minibuses in Hereford carried a name above the front doors
|1413||Wye Walk||1426||The Saracen|
|1414||H.P. Bulmer||1427||David Garrick|
|1415||Hereford Bull||1428||– not named –|
|1416||Grandstand||1429†||The Third Choir / The Herefordian|
|1417||The Kembles||1430||Apple Blossom|
|1418||St. Thomas Cantilupe||1431||Sit’n Cyder|
|1419||City of Hereford||1432||Nell Gwynne|
|1421||St. Ethelbert||1434||Ron Radford|
|1422||Sir Edward Elgar||1435||Roaring Meg|
|1423||Walter De Lacy||1436||On and Offa|
|1424||David Stirling||1437||Mappa Mundi|
These names were removed as the vehicles were reallocated to other depots or when they received full body advertising.
† For some reason 1429 (E429KUY) carried two names, The Third Choir was displayed on the off-side, while The Herefordian was displayed on the near-side [ Photograph ]. Possibly due to a mix-up with 1428 (E428KUY) which didn’t carry a name?