Teenager becomes the FIFTH generation to drive coaches - 130 years after his great-great grandfather started the family business

  • Josh Peake, 18, is latest in a driving dynasty of his family touring firm started back in 1886 by Edmund Peake
  • First generation launched his Victorian era horse and carriage transport business in Pontypool, South Wales 
  • Drivers include Edmund's son Billy,  grandson Ian, great-grandson Jason and now great-great grandson Josh
  • Newest member of the family team said: 'When I was young I always wanted to become a driver - it is in the blood'

A teenager has become the fifth generation of his family to drive holiday coaches - exactly 130 years after his great-great grandfather started his horse-drawn carriage tours business. 

After passing his driving test Josh Peake, 18, is latest in a driving dynasty of his family touring firm started back in 1886 by Edmund Peake.

Mr Peake launched his Victorian era horse and carriage transport business in Pontypool, South Wales, to cater the blossoming tourism market.

And through his son Billy, grandson Ian, great grandson Jason and now great-great grandson Josh, the family is still taking people on holiday in the 21st century. 

Just starting out: Josh Peake, 18, has just passed his test and is now the fifth generation in his family to take on the job

Starting out: Here is company founder Edmund Peake shown driving a horse and cart through Pontnewynydd in South Wales at the turn of the century

Founding: Here is company founder Edmund Peake shown driving a horse and cart through Pontnewynydd in at the turn of the century

Their family album proudly shows the Peakes at the wheel of coach and horses through the launch of motorised buses and into the modern luxury tourism coaches of the modern world.

Josh said: 'When I was a young boy, I always wanted to become a driver - it is in the blood.

'I used to come to the yard and help clean the buses when I was six years old, and any chance that I had I would go with my father on trips around the UK and abroad.

'I love being part of the business and I have a lot to live up to now I've passed my test.'

Family business: Edmund Peake (left) started the business and then passed it on to his son, Billy Peake, who ran it from the 1950s

Three generations: New Peakes driver Josh, pictured with his proud father Jason, and his grandfather Ian next to their luxury coaches

Three generations: New Peakes driver Josh, pictured with his proud father Jason, and his grandfather Ian next to their luxury coaches

Edmund died aged 86 after handing the Peakes Coaches business to son Billy in the 1950s.

Billy then passed it onto his son Ian 30 years later. Ian, now 71, in turn retired to enable son Jason to take over around five years ago.

Now Jason's son Josh is the latest proud Peake to become a driving force in the tourism bus company.

And when the time comes Josh is confident of taking over the business in the future - and carry on touring around the world.

He said: 'It feels a bit daunting but I'm sure I will enjoy what I have looked forward to for many years.'

The family has invested £2million in the past five years - taking over two other local companies and is now a formidable 34-coach fleet mainly taking tourists on holiday all over Britain and Europe.

Josh's father Jason, 42, said: 'I'm very proud to be involved in the running of such a tradition.

'I'm also extremely proud of Josh passing his test as I trained him. I hope the company will continue for future generations.'

Grand designs: Edmund Peake takes a group through the South Wales countryside on his horse-drawn carriage in around 1900

Grand designs: Edmund Peake takes a group through the South Wales countryside on his horse-drawn carriage in around 1900

Second generation: Edmund's son Billy Peake in the 1920s on one of the Peake companies coaches - around 40 years after the business was founded

Second generation: Edmund's son Billy Peake in the 1920s on one of the Peake companies coaches - around 40 years after the business was founded

Entering the motorised era: A Peake bus makes its way through the centre of their home town of Pontypool in the 1950s

Entering the motorised era: A Peake bus makes its way through the centre of their home town of Pontypool in the 1950s

Winding road: This is a Peake's bus going over the mountain at Pantygasseg in Monmouthshire in around the 1960s

Winding road: This is a Peake's bus going over the mountain at Pantygasseg in Monmouthshire in around the 1960s

Third generation: Ian Peake collects passengers in South Wales back in 1986 - his son Jason and grandson Josh would later enter the business as drivers

Third generation: Ian Peake collects passengers in South Wales back in 1986 - his son Jason and grandson Josh would later enter the business as drivers

Foreign travels: The Peake company buses have ferried holidaymakers around for more than a century - including here in Italy 31 years ago

Foreign travels: The Peake company buses have ferried holidaymakers around for more than a century - including here in Italy 31 years ago

 

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