One hundred years ago, who could you contact to arrange your funeral? Local businessmen William Jellie was an undertaker and transport provider, based on Railway Street, Lisburn. He started his bus service in Lisburn in 1923 when he acquired a 40 seater motor charabanc (an open-top vehicle) which he hired to private parties. In 1924 he formed the Classic Bus Service which provided about ten round trips on weekdays on the very busy route between Lisburn and Belfast. He later extended the route to Armagh.
It was not until 1927 that the companies Spence and McCrea, William Jellie and Crothers and Dugan combined with several others to form the Belfast Omnibus Company (1927-35).