15 Jul 2015
Over 100 pupils from primary schools in Sunderland and South Shields became bus drivers for the day as they learned all about buses from Stagecoach North East as part of ‘Catch the Bus Week’
The seven and eight year-old youngsters at Redby Primary School in Sunderland were treated to a visit by Sunderland training officer and driver Steve Hamilton and relief trainer and driver Wayne Doran, who talked to the children about what it was like to drive a bus.
As part of the visit, the pupils had a ‘wheelie’ good time sitting in the driver cab. They also got the chance to print out bus tickets, as well as sound the horn, and also received a goody bag each which included a water bottle, pen and pad, a template to make a cardboard bus and other stationery items.
Nathan Doyle, who is 8 years old and a pupil at the school, said: “The afternoon was brilliant and I would like to be a bus driver.”
Phil Kitching, Class Teacher, said: "The children had a really fun time and it was good for them to learn about the benefits of catching an environmentally friendly gas bus.”
Pupils from Mortimer Primary School in South Shields were treated to a trip to the seaside on a Stagecoach bus. The youngsters, aged from three to four years, learned all about driving buses and how they work as they visited famous South Shields landmarks, including Souter Lighthouse and Marsden Rock.
4 year old Ethan, a pupil at the school, said: "That was fantastic, the best bus I've ever been on!”
Brenda Catchpole, Class Teacher, said: "We had a fantastic day and the Stagecoach team were all fabulous and really good with the children. The children absolutely loved the drive along the coast and a fantastic day was had by all so thank you.”
Catch the Bus Week, which is now in its third year, is a campaign which aims to raise awareness of the benefits of taking the bus and encourage people to give it a try.
Phil Medlicott, Managing Director, Stagecoach North East, said: “Catch the Bus Week is a perfect opportunity to show young people just how much fun getting the bus can be. The pupils had a great time seeing the sights and we hope they had fun learning about our bus drivers and had enjoyed taking turns in the driving seat.”
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