A flash mob of dancers will be spreading Christmas cheer as they travel by bus across Hull on Friday.
Dancers from Innovation Entertainment will be using Stagecoach East Midland’s Simplibus network, putting on a festive show to celebrate the arrival of 15 new buses in time for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The Stagecoach team will also join them to hand out goody bags and information on Christmas and New Year services.
The display comes after the company invested £2.7m on 15 new vehicles in preparation for Hull UK City of Culture 2017. The buses feature e-leather seats and USB charging points so passengers can charge their electronic devices on the go.
Father Christmas will be driving the dancers and team to different locations across the city from 10am to 3.30pm. Stagecoach East Midlands has recently launched mobile ticketing, with customers able to use the Stagecoach Bus App to buy and download day tickets via their smartphone. The team will be on hand to show people how to use the app and provide more information on mobile tickets.
The route, with flash mob dancing and music along the way, takes in Hessle Road Outbound, Anlaby Rd Inbound, Newland Avenue, Orchard Park Tesco, Kingswood Retail Park, Beverley Road, Hull Interchange, St Stephens / Ferensway, Hull City Centre, Princes Quay, Gillshill Rd/Tweendykes, Wilberforce College, North Point Shopping Centre, Holderness Road, Hull City Centre and Hull Interchange.
Michelle Hargreaves, Managing Director at Stagecoach East Midlands, said: “We want to do something that marks the first anniversary of the Simplibus network, celebrates the investment in new buses, the Stagecoach Bus App and mobile ticketing but also gets information to people about services over Christmas and most importantly brings some festive cheer to people who are out and about in Hull.”
The flash mob dancers will be handing out information on Stagecoach’s services, Smartcards and seasonal offers. A normal Saturday service will run on Christmas Eve up until 8pm, with no services on Christmas Day, and special services in place through to New Year’s Day.
The company is also encouraging passengers to take advantage of the Five for a Fiver discount. It allows a group of five to travel from anywhere in the Hull area into the city centre for £5 after 6:30pm.
Whilst passengers use Stagecoach East Midland’s bus services this Christmas, they could be in with a chance of winning a prize as 30,000 crackers have been placed on the buses across the region. Passengers need to pick up the cracker and log it online to see which prize they have won.