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July 2008 Go North East Photograph by Carlisle Bus Group
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Following service changes effective Sunday 30th March 2008, this vehicle has received "Pink Panthers" branding. This brand name was first used on a fleet of Optare Solos from Chester-le-Street to operate new service D4 in Durham starting 2 October 2006. The service was unsuccessful and withdrawn on 31 December 2006. The small fleet of pink Solos were sent to Percy Main, a big user of the type at the time, and were pressed into service on services 321 and 322 from 13 January 2007. This arrangement lasted until 26 March 2007 when the North Tyneside service network was rearranged with services 307 and 319 gaining the Pink Panther brand. The service changes effective 30 March 2008 has resulted in the new service 81, operating between Cramlington and Holy Cross, being encompassed within this brand identity instead.
May 2008 Go North East Photograph by Matt D Williamson
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This vehicle has transferred from Deptford Depot to Percy Main.
April 2008 Go North East Photograph by Carlisle Bus Group
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Prior to new branding being launched, this vehicle has been repainted into a plain pink base livery.
May 2015 Go North East
Following a number of publicity events to promote the investment into new vehicles for services 45 and 46, this vehicle has entered service at Stanley Depot on "Red Kite" services 45/46.
May 2017 Go North East
Following use on the temporary shuttle bus, numbered S25, in Eighton Banks and Wrekenton, this vehicle has transferred from Riverside Depot to Hexham. It will be allocated to "Tynedale Links" services X81/185/681 to compare against the low-carbon emission Optare Solo SRs currently allocated to these services, as originally planned when it was previously allocated to Hexham.
May 2016 Go North East
Following repaint, this vehicle has gained "Fast Cats" branding, without route details above the windows.
May 2017 Go North East
Having previously carried sub-branding for services 12/12A (Newcastle - Winlaton); this vehicle has had these vinyls stripped and new vinyls added, sporting the taglines "For city centre shops and leisure" and "Frequent buses to Newcastle".