YELLOW BUSES: Young Charlie gets birthday treat

 Bus-mad Charlie Spetch got a fifth birthday present he will never forget – a trip around the Yellow Buses’ depot.

The youngster loves nothing more than travelling on buses – and when he can’t do that he just likes to watch them.

Charlie knows the buses’ numbers and where they go and has strong opinions about the interiors.

He likes getting an all-day ticket and travelling around with his dad Nigel, mum Joanna and sister Sophie, six.

When Nigel asked Yellow Buses if his son could have a closer look around for his birthday, the company was pleased to help.

The schoolboy got to sit on the drivers’ seats and explore the buses while no one else was on them.

Gareth Edwards, Yellow Buses’ Customer Services Manager, then took him on a tour of the workshop at the Yeomans Way site in Bournemouth.

Charlie also received a birthday card and some mementoes of his visit.

Nigel said: “Charlie has always liked Yellow Buses and loves travelling on them.

“We often go to the depot just to look through the fence at the buses.

“On one occasion staff gave me some badges for Charlie and told me to get in touch when it was his birthday and he could have a look around.

“He loved every moment of the tour and it really was kind of Yellow Buses to take time out to give him a birthday treat.

“He really wants to be a bus driver when he’s grown up.”

Charlie said: “The ones with leather seats are my favourites.”

Gareth said: “It was a pleasure to show Charlie around. He is very enthusiastic about Yellow Buses and asked lots of questions.

We’d love to see him back here one day as a driver.”