Bus passengers queue for Number 90
24 days ago
Elaine Hart who relies on Yellow Buses got the shock of her life when a double decker pulled up at her regular stop with her friends and family on board – to celebrate her 90th birthday.
Her daughter Fiona had organised the bus which picked up dozens more guests at eight stops on its way to Elaine’s surprise party.
As she waited outside her home in the Southbourne area of Bournemouth the bus arrived with ‘Elaine’s Birthday Bus - 90’ written on the front.
The family and the 120 guests had somehow managed to keep the entire thing a secret.
Fiona, who was there with her sister Jan, said: “We’re so grateful to Yellow Buses. When dad died in 2004 mum wanted to live somewhere on a bus route.
“Yellow Buses have been her lifeline and she goes everywhere on them. She meets up with her grandchildren and it is so handy.
“She was overwhelmed by the bus that took everyone to her surprise party at St Saviour’s Church Hall.
“She had no idea what we had planned and was amazed on the hour long journey when the bus kept stopping to pick up more family and friends.
“There were friends from the block where she lives, the ex-Wren Association, the Townswomen's Guild and others who had travelled to be part of the celebration.”
Elaine, a grandmother of seven and great grandmother of two, said: “I got such a surprise when I saw the bus with my name on it. I had no idea that anything had been planned.”
Jay Thornton, sales executive of Yellow Coaches, the private hire arm of Yellow Buses, said: “It was wonderful to be able to help one of our long-standing and loyal passengers celebrate her birthday.
“We’re so pleased that Elaine had a great party and that we were able to deliver a bus full of guests to it.”