‘Big Bus Day’ success
East Yorkshire Motor Services’ (EYMS’) recent ‘Big Bus Day’ event at Hull’s Museum of Streetlife was described as a ‘resounding success’ by its organisers. Over 7,000 people attended on a very sunny day, matching last year’s record. In total the event raised over £3,200 for charities, with £2,700 going to the NSPCC for its work in the Hull area. Over £500 was raised by the Royal British Legion who had a stall at the event alongside the EYMS ‘Poppy Bus’. This was the tenth annual Big Bus Day and, as predicted, the star attraction was the First World War ‘Battle Bus’ from London’s Transport Museum. Three members of the local Joint War Organisation, which collects and displays uniforms from both World Wars, attended in full WW1 uniform.
EYMS Chairman, Peter Shipp, said, ‘I’m afraid that for once I pulled rank and had the amazing experience of sitting alongside the driver of the Battle Bus to guide it on its journey from our depot to the Streetlife Museum, and the very helpful people who brought it from London and staffed it throughout the day said it was one of the most enjoyable events they had attended. I am told that they had 1,077 people actually boarding the bus – apparently more during one day than at any other event that the bus has attended. The weather was amazingly good with warm sunshine all day, just ideal for an event of this type. Now the big question now is what we do for next year, which will mark the 90th anniversary of East Yorkshire Motor Services in October, so we need to come up with something special now that Big Bus Day has become such a popular event in the Hull calendar.’