Yorkshire Evening Post. Thursday 29 June 1950.
Some 50 years ago, 68 year old James Bullock, joint managing director and owner of probably the largest privately owned bus
company in the country used to leave a two bedroomed terrace house in Wilson Street Featherstone, to drive trippers about
in one of his father’s wagonettes.
Next Monday a merger agreement comes into effect in which the 166 modem buses of his company, J. Bullock and Sons (1928). Ltd.,
are taken over by "the West Riding Automobile Company at a figure reputed over half a,million pounds.
Mr. Bullock, also a well-known racehorse owner - his horse Good Taste, winner of the North Riding Cup 1948 - ran at Carlisle
today - is proud of his achievements. ...
From Featherstone he went to Wakefield in 1920 with one bus and a taxi and eight years later founded, with one of his brothers,
the present firm.
In his house at Sandal Wakefield, he recalled days when driving a bus on outings meant snatching sleep in the back of the vehicle.
During the 1914-18 war he and his brother drove Leeds munition workers to and from their factories. They carried early morning,
noon and night shifts throughout the war, but this continuous strain resulted in Mr. Bullock ceasing to drive after the armistice.
Today his firm has reached its peak as a private company, and "in the Interests general economy" he has agreed to the merger.
"It has been bit of a wrench after all these years." he confesses. His recipe for success? - Hard work.
A West Riding bus arriving at Leeds bus station on the 168 service from Castleford via Swillington, Woodlesford and Oulton.