Family firm in Mablethorpe marks 90 years of service

Grayscroft Coaches are celebratiing their 90th anniversary this year. Pictured is Ashley and Nigel Barker. EMN-140527-104002001
Grayscroft Coaches are celebratiing their 90th anniversary this year. Pictured is Ashley and Nigel Barker. EMN-140527-104002001
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Mablethorpe family run business Grayscroft Coaches is celebrating 90 years of success in serving the community.

The current team told the Leader their 90 years of success has simply come down to the hard work and enthusiasm of a valued team of drivers, engineers and office staff.

The history of Grayscroft Coaches spans back to 1922 when company founder Charles Barker initially set up under the name of C Barker and a local joiner from Great Carlton, built him a bus body which could be placed on the back of the lorry when required - a far cry from today’s bus safety standards.

From there he secured the company’s first school contract between Theddlethorpe and Mablethorpe, being paid 7/6d a day.

The company name Grayscroft was introduced in 1928 and the inspiration came from Charles’s house in Mablethorpe which was called Grayscroft. He began running the service one route to Louth, still running to this day.

From there, the company went from strength to strength and transported workmen and airmen to and from various airfields in the area such as Binbrook, North Cotes and Strubby.

The coach service was also used for taking the population of Mablethorpe to the safe haven of Louth to escape the great flood of 1953 when the town’s sea defences were breached.

From the 1960s to the present day they have run excursions, service work and coach hire and passengers are taken all across the country in their luxury coaches.

Since the passing of Charles who died in 1961, the coach business has run through the family and is now under the watchful eye of Ashley and Nigel Barker, and their 86-year-old grandfather Bill Barker is still very much involved with the business, showing no sign of stopping.

With 90-years of good business under their belts, Nigel and Ashley Barker are proud of how far the family business has come, still being a successful well known brand of 
coach service after all these years.

They said: “We inherited 90 years of family history and we intend to take it to 100.

“With much needed youth and enthusiasm we are continually improving standards by re-investing in the fleet, offering a more varied programme of excursions and holidays to suit all ages alongside expanding our pick up areas.

“We hope the people of Lincolnshire will support us in our forthcoming ventures.”