A Barbadian on the buses

In the 1950s and 1960s London Transport, just like the NHS, began a major recruitment drive in the Caribbean to deal with a chronic shortage of staff after World War Two.

Barbadian Joe Straughn was one of many¬†recruited to work on London’s buses and he came to the UK in 1965 and stayed for 23 years.

Joe spoke to Black Union Jack about his contribution to the UK after working for London Transport for 10 years including three years as a bus conductor.

Further reading:

http://www.ltmuseum.co.uk/assets/downloads/Generations.pdf