A SPICE Girls fan determined to restore the Spice Bus to its former glory said he was thrilled to finally see it in person on the Isle of Wight.

When Alan Smith-Allison discovered the Union Jack emblazoned double decker — which featured in the Spice World film — was parked at Island Harbour Marina, he launched a crowdfunding appeal to refurbish the bus and bring it to London.

He hopes the bus will take pride of place, alongside the stage costumes and memorabilia he has collected over the years, at his Spice Up London exhibition this summer.

Island Harbour Marina manager Darren Cooke has agreed Alan can borrow the bus if he raises enough money to restore it.

Last week saw Alan, 37, of Wirral, Merseyside, visit the Island with a film crew for his first look at the bus Scary, Sporty, Ginger, Posh and Baby Spice drove through the streets of London.

He said: "I was a little bit awestruck by it. Despite it being 40 years old it is incredibly imposing and the colours are so vivid. I don't think I will ever forget that moment of seeing it for the first time."

Alan's first #RefurbTheBus crowdfunding appeal, together with an auction, raised more than £2,500 towards the refurbishment costs — but it will cost more than that to bring the bus up to scratch.

A second appeal has been launched, with a target of £5,000, and further fundraisers are planned.

"We will be holding a second auction and any donations would be amazing. We would love an Isle of Wight fundraising weekend," said Alan.

"We plan on having a party and then a short tour around the south before or just after the refurb."

Donations can be made at https://www.crowdfunder.co.uk/user/info.811/dashboard/refurbthebus-the-final-push