The one that got away

Last week we printed a range of testimonials in praise of our 25th Anniversary. However, there was one from Alan White at Midis to Minis that slipped through the system and did not get in.

So without much further ado, here it is:

25 years, where did it go? Well, hearty congratulations to the whole team for surviving and prospering under the guidance of ‘evergreen’ Stuart (he looks younger every day, how does he do it).

We have all seen many changes in that time, my own path, which originally started as a bus then coach driver back in 1975, taking me from Europa Coaches (C.G. Whittaker Group) through Autobus Classique, Optare, Esker/Unvi and now Minis to Midis associated with Brian Noone Ltd of Ireland. I have always viewed our industry, particularly the coach side, as one that is very much about the people. Sadly too many of the family operators, with whom my generation cut their teeth, have left the industry often as a consequence of changing travel patterns in our society, under pressure from the increased regulatory regime that now prevails or simply through absence of succession. Meeting the people has always been the most rewarding aspect for me personally.

Refreshingly, it is rewarding to meet members of the new generation of professionals joining the industry who are able to fully embrace the modern technology and systems that enable operations to run at a higher and more comprehensive level, in line with contemporary demands and in contrast to those, perhaps, halcyon days of the past.

How the vehicle parc has also changed with modern design and manufacturing techniques producing products to a standard that could only be dreamed about not so long ago.

Of course the changes and progression have been well documented by our trusted professionals in the trade press and I would like to pay tribute to the BCB team for their excellence and professionalism. I would also like to say a personal thankyou to Stuart, Rob, Sallyanne, all current and past members for the courtesy, friendship and interest they have shown me throughout the years. Please pass on my regards to past members Steve, Joy and Lorne (who I believe I may have unintentionally embarrassed some years ago with a short poem tribute prior to her leaving your service).

Long may you all continue. I raise a glass to you all.


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