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09 Sep 2016
Stagecoach driver swaps bus uniform for army gear
A Barnsley driver swapped his bus uniform for army gear to help celebrate 2016 Reserves Day.
Stagecoach employee and reservist Jason Lingard completed his shift on Thursday 8 September - Reserves Day – wearing full army uniform.
Reservists give up their spare time to serve in the Reserve Forces, balancing civilian life with a military career to ensure that, should the country need them, they are ready to serve as part of the military.
Jason, who lives in Barnsley and has worked for Stagecoach for six years, said: “Reservists are everywhere, but you might not know it. So that’s why I wanted to do something to celebrate our work on Reserves Day by wearing the army uniform while doing my day job as a bus driver in Barnsley.
“I had a great reaction from passengers on different routes who were keen to find out why I was in army gear and learn what Reserves Day is all about. I’d like to thank Stagecoach for giving me the opportunity to raise awareness of the work I do outside of my civilian job as a bus driver.”
Reservists are currently supporting operations worldwide including in Afghanistan, Northern Iraq, Cyprus, Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Sue Hayes, operations director for Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “Jason is just one example of some of the incredible staff we have working for Stagecoach.
“Reservists play a vital role in serving our country but the contribution they make to our Armed Forces often goes unrecognised. This was our way of thanking Jason and the thousands of reservists across the UK for their dedication, professionalism and commitment to serving our country and recognising the valuable contribution reservists make to our Armed Forces.”