The commentator mentions that it will have to top the chart if it's to meet the fundraising target, well it's a "Various Artists" album so it can only top the Compilation chart. It seems to be on course so far for that!
Maybe the Classic FM chart too, we shall see next week.
This London ‘B type’ bus is one of 300 requisitioned by The British Army in October 1914 due to a shortage of motor vehicles at the outbreak of the First World War.
The buses were allocated to the British Army Service Corps, their civilian livery removed and painted khaki. Windows were boarded up and various other modifications were made in order for the buses to carry up to 25 fully-equipped troops. By the end of the war, over 900 B type buses had been put into service in France and Belgium. Not only were they used to transport troops but also many were converted into ambulances, wireless equipment vehicles and mobile pigeon lofts.
This bus, ‘B43’, was built in 1911 and was one of the first B types to be sent to France. After the War it was repurchased by the London General Omnibus Company and was used on London bus routes 8 and 9 until retired from service in 1920. The new owners, the Auxiliary Omnibus Companies Association, refurbished the bus as a permanent memorial to the role played by London buses in the First World War and it was named ‘Old Bill’ after Bruce Bairnsfather’s wartime cartoon character. In its new role, the bus appeared regularly in Armistice Day parades and other special occasions until being presented to the Imperial War Museum in April 1970.
I know some people were wondering if the event at the Imperial War Museum was to launch the 2010 Poppy Appeal as well as the album. In fact, this year's Poppy Appeal was launched at Colchester Garrison on 28th October, and here's a video from British Forces News: