Fundraising success at EYMS Big Bus Day

Fundraising success at EYMS Big Bus Day

Despite some challenging weather, more than 3,500 people attended the eleventh ‘Big Bus Day’ organised by EYMS and Hull’s Museum of Streetlife last month which also marked the start of activities to celebrate the 90th anniversary of East Yorkshire Motor Services which was registered on 5 October 1926.

Around £1,000 was raised for the NSPCC for its work in the Hull area and over £200 was collected by the Royal British Legion who had a stall at the event alongside the EYMS ‘Poppy Bus’ displayed in its third incarnation marking the centenary of the Battle of the Somme.

“Our volunteers – mainly current and retired staff – were as always a huge support on the day, and I must offer special thanks to our marketing manager Claire Robinson who worked so hard to organise the event both in the weeks before and on the day,” says EYMS chairman Peter Shipp.

“We are also very grateful for the generosity of the public who braved the elements, and the stallholders, for helping to make the day as enjoyable as it was and raising this amount of money despite the poor conditions.”

The event also saw an unconventional marriage proposal with local enthusiast Mark Wright popping the question to Sara Jane Smith, having arranged for a ‘Will you marry me?’ sign to be displayed on the front of one of the EYMS buses on display.

Unfortunately the promised arrival of a 1929 Leyland Tiger bus which started life at EYMS, and has been restored to near perfect condition didn’t take place. Shipp reports that the bus’ current owner, Barry Dodd, chair of the York, North Yorkshire & East Riding LEP, very kindly agreed to loan the bus, but after arriving on a low-loader and spending the night at the EYMS Hull depot it developed an accelerator fault and couldn’t be driven the short distance to the venue. “It did spend the day on the garage forecourt though and several visitors managed to see it,” says Shipp.