04 Apr 2019
Skegness Seasider ‘Rocky’ gave Hull residents a taste of the seaside on Saturday March 30 when Stagcoach East Midland’s double decker, open top bus visited Hull.
Offering free rides from the Paragon Interchange via Albion Street, Bond Street, Alfred Gelder Street, Lowgate, Humber Street and Queen Street, the brightly coloured vehicle gave passengers the chance to sample the holiday bus along with music and money off vouchers.
Stagecoach East Midlands introduced the distinctive brightly coloured family of buses to the resorts of Skegness and Cleethorpes in 2015; each bus is an individual character with a name and a seaside theme.
Rocky, Candy, Pierre, Sandy, Salty, Shelly, Milly, Rolly, Sweetie, Sunny and Teddy, Lolly and Splash, provide residents and holidaymakers with a fun way of accessing the attractions along the beach.
This is the first time that a Seasider has ventured outside of their seaside town and the hope is to attract more tourism into the Skegness and Cleethorpes area, where the Seasider buses have become a permanent fixture and an attraction in themselves.
When children travel on the buses in Skegness they have the chance to collect badges from all of the Seasider characters. Once they have collected six different badges, they can call into the Skegness bus station travel shop and receive a free Seasiders goody bag.
Jon Donnelly, Commercial Manager (North), said: “The Seasiders have been in hibernation all winter and we decided to bring Rocky out a bit earlier and showcase him around Hull.
“The Seasiders family add fun and excitement to Skegness, we aren’t aware of any other buses like them.!“