27 Jun 2022

A dance troupe based in Northwich has received a generous donation of a double-decker bus from bus operator Stagecoach Manchester after their previous bus fell into disrepair.

Northwich Entertainers Dance Troupe, which was founded by Christine Westwood over 30 years ago, contacted the bus operator after the loss of Christine’s husband, Brian, who used to drive the troupe to rehearsals and shows.

Joanne Westwood, daughter of Christine and Brian, now runs the dance troupe. She said: “Our dance troupe was founded by my mum, Christine, who ran it for thirty years. Sadly, she has dementia now so I have taken over.

“My dad sadly passed away last year - he used to drive for us and since he passed we’ve always struggled with buses so this donation from Stagecoach is absolutely amazing. We can’t thank them enough.”

The troupe has dedicated the bus to Brian’s memory, naming it after him.

Lee Wasnidge, Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester said: “We are always looking for ways to give back to our local communities across Greater Manchester and so when we were contacted by Joanne and the team at Northwich Entertainers Dance Troupe we wanted to help in any way that we could.

“It’s really great to see one of our fleet be given a second life and we hope that it will be of good use for dancing generations to come.”

Stagecoach Manchester has a history of donating out-of-service buses to community causes, with one being converted into a vaccination centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.