Stagecoach celebrates 50 golden years

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STAGECOACH Bluebird has launched a newly branded vehicle to celebrate the 50th anniversary of W. Alexander and Sons (Northern) Ltd, locally known as Northern Scottish.

The coach, which will operate on a selection of routes in the North East, is painted in the same classic yellow/cream livery as the Northern Scottish vehicles were back in the 1960s.

W. Alexander and Sons operated a large majority of bus services across Scotland from 1948-1961, with the Northern part of the business later becoming Northern Scottish before becoming part of Stagecoach Group in the early 90s.

To coincide with the celebrations, Stagecoach Bluebird has announced a special offer for one day valid for customers also celebrating 50th birthdays this year.

The company is offering free travel to all customers born in 1961, valid on any Stagecoach Bluebird route on Saturday, August 6. Customers need only show date of birth confirmation such as a driving licence or passport to obtain free travel for the day.

Stagecoach is also offering commemorative branded mugs and pens celebrating the anniversary which will be on sale at bus stations in the North East of Scotland from the beginning of August, priced at £3 for the mugs and 50p for the pens.

Stagecoach Bluebird managing director, Andrew Jarvis, said: “We are delighted to launch this newly branded vehicle, celebrating the long history of public transport in the North East.

“As we are celebrating 50 years of public transport in the area we hope that our customers who are also celebrating 50 years can also benefit from free travel for the day.”