Remembrance buses

Free bus travel to mark remembrance weekend

Veterans and UK Armed Forces personnel using First Bus services in the West of England, Wales and Worcester are being offered free travel during remembrance weekend.

To be eligible, passengers can either wear their military uniform or show the bus driver their service ID card on Armistice Day (Saturday 11th November) and Remembrance Sunday (Sunday 12th November). It is available on all First Bus services apart from the Airport Flyer.

The free travel offer is being made available to make it as easy as possible for customers to get to and from remembrance services and events, and is also available on First Bus services across England, Wales and Scotland.

Rob Pymm, Commercial Director for First West of England and Cymru, said: “Armistice Day and Remembrance Sunday are important and solemn reminders of the sacrifices made by so many in our armed forces, and we want to do something to mark these occasions.

“Across First Bus, a number of our colleagues are veterans, and we’re very proud of their efforts and sacrifice. This is our way of saying thank you to them, as well as honouring the men and women who choose to serve and protect the freedoms we now enjoy.

“We want to make bus travel to and from remembrance events as easy as possible for people who are attending, and I am pleased that our business can play our part in supporting and remembering those in military service past and present.”

Notes to editors

PIC CAPTION: First West of England Traffic Controller and ex member of 1st Battalion, Duke of Edinburgh, Royal Regiment Berkshire and Wiltshire Gary Sobers wears his poppy with pride for Remembrance Day.

PIC CAPTION: The Rev Gaby Doherty from St Matthew’s, Bristol, at last year’s First Wales and West Remembrance Service, pictured with Managing Director Doug Claringbold (left) and Engineering Director Richard Northey.