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13th March 2015 Local Businesses, Upcoming Events Tags: , , , , 0 Comments



Pope’s Biographer Finds the Art in Bartons:

Roberto Alborghetti is an exceptional Italian; an internationally celebrated author, journalist and visual artist. While in the process of promoting his second official biography of our present Pope he happened to visit Bartons’ former bus depot in High Rd, Chilwell, having been invited by fellow blogger Marysia Zipser, founder of ACT Group (Art-Culture-Tourism) in Beeston.

While touring the various classic vehicles on show Roberto chanced across the Ghost Bus, a 1956 URR 865 AEC Reliance, which has spent 20 years slumbering in an open field in Suffolk, resistant to both scrapping or restoration. Nature has washed from it the names of the other operators that owned it after Bartons, so now, bizarrely, it has returned to a complete livery resembling its original, without the touch of a human hand.

As an artist Roberto had already started a project called “Lacer/Actions” focusing on images of natural cracks and scratches, urban and industrial tokens and materials – he became haunted by the Ghost Bus and its story and has made it the focus of his new work.

On Friday March 27 he returns to Bartons to premier two short films compiling images of the Ghost Bus. The first film “Epic Voyage”, which lasts 13 minutes, is accompanied by a powerful, almost ecclesiastical soundtrack; the flow of images are grouped into four themes (Land, Horizons, Maps and Heavens), they are illustrated by a number of citations on the ‘journey’, penned by great authors of world literature, from Kerouac to Hemingway.

The second film is 6 minutes in length and entitled “Seaside Town”. It is set to a soundtrack composed, arranged and performed by Simon, Richard, James and Tom Barton, who have participated with great enthusiasm in the project. The company (and family) had already recently been given a documentary made by professional film maker Bill Freeman of a Bartons Road Cruise Holiday taken in Italy in 1959 in glorious Kodachrome colour – the featured coach is a sister bus, the same model as Ghost Bus, and the destination is equally spooky in relation to this project. Their soundtrack is emotive and highlights the human history of this vehicle and the hundreds of thousands of miles the bus travelled bringing pleasure to so many people. There will also be an opportunity for people to watch this 45 minute film.

To be part of this moving international tribute to Bartons and Nottingham is FREE – just register your interest to or call 07899 798487 and embark at The Gallery, Bartons, High Road, Chilwell, Nottingham, NG9 4AJ on Friday March 27 7-9pm.

“The road never ends… only our vision does.” (A. Reddy) @RobAlborg | @BartonsPlc


  1. Thanks for supporting The Ghost Bus!

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