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12 Sep 2014
A popular Stagecoach East Scotland bus driver, Mike Reid retired this week after nearly thirty years of service with the company.
Mike joined Stagecoach in 1985 and was based at the company’s St Andrews depot.
Mike, who was awarded a British Empire Medal (BEM) in the Queen’s New Year Honours list is well known locally for his charity work and was awarded honour on the 6th April 2013 for his charitable services across Fife and Angus. Mike has raised around £65,000 for good causes over the past 25 years.
The Open Top Bus Tours in St Andrews have been organised by Mike since 1990. As well as driving the open top buses, Mike writes the commentary himself using his extensive local knowledge.
Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director, Stagecoach East Scotland: “Mike is very popular with other work colleagues and well liked by all his passengers, who are sorry to see him leave. He has been an excellent ambassador for the local community and for the company. Over the years he has raised thousands of pounds and helped to make a real difference to countless people in local communities in Fife.
To mark his retirement , Managing Director of Stagecoach East Scotland, Andrew Jarvis presented Mike and his wife Pam with an overnight stay at Fairmont St Andrews. The stay was donated by Fairmont St Andrews as a token of their appreciation to Mike, who has brought hundreds of customers to and from the site on the open top bus and spoke highly of a visit to the tourists.
Photo: Mike Reid and wife Pam Reid (centre), Graeme Dawson, the Leisure Sales & Marketing Manager at Fairmont St Andrews (left) and Andrew Jarvis, Managing Director of Stagecoach East Scotland (right) in front of the St Andrews Open Top Tours bus and Fairmont St Andrews.