Family-run coach tour operator to close its doors after 96 years

By Steve Jones
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A family-run coach holiday business that has operated for almost 100 years is set to close its doors after being unable to find a buyer.

Newark-based Travel Wright said it intends to shut up shop in early April ‘with great sadness’.

The firm, which operates a range of UK tours and day trips, told Travel Gossip that COVID ‘played a part’ in the decision to close.

The Wright family, which has owned and operated the firm since its launch in 1926, has now called on the local community to take ‘a last outing to the seaside’ on one of its coaches.

“It is with great sadness we have to announce Travel Wright intend to close the business,” a message on its website and Facebook page said. “We are looking to retire and have accordingly been looking for a buyer such that the business could continue as a going concern. Unfortunately this has not happened.

“It has been a difficult decision to make and will be a very sad day for our family, our staff and we are sure our customers too.”

A final decision will be made on 18 February.

The message is signed by David, Colin and Paula, the great grandchildren of founder Charles Wright.

David told Travel Gossip that it would still consider serious offers for the business but admitted the ‘timescale is now very short’.

They have now called on the public to support the business in its final weeks.

“It would be fantastic for the public to support us during the next nine weeks or so,” they said. “Perhaps taking a last outing to the seaside, a short break or even booking a coach for a day out.

“We would like to extend a huge thank you to our excursion and holiday passengers, schools, private hire customers and businesses, indeed all who have supported us over the years. It will be a very sad day and we trust you will agree the end of an era in Newark.”

The trio emphasised that Travel Wright remains solvent and will honour all bookings up to and including 3 April. Its excursion to see the Wicked musical in London on 6 April will also go ahead.

Customers with gift vouchers are advised to use them before the end of March.

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