First West of England celebrates Pride with progress flag livery

Pride Bus FWOE
First Bus Bristol Pride Sarah Wallbridge by Jon Craig Photos

First West of England celebrated Pride this year with the launch of a new ‘Pride Bus’ sporting a livery decorated with the progress flag and the phrase ‘love wins’.

The biogas-powered bus was launched on 8 July and will be in service around Bristol.

To celebrate the launch, the operator is running a weekly prize draw with the chance to win Pride-themed goodie bags, which include day mobile ticket voucher cards, sunglasses, face paint and neck buffs.

To enter, participants must snap the bus in a public post and share on social media with the hashtag #BristolPrideBus, while also tagging @@FirstBSA for Twitter, or @FirstWestofEngland on Facebook or Instagram.

There will be two goodie bags given away each week until 12 August.

“Despite Pride Day and the parade march being postponed again this year, we are committed to supporting the movement with this bus which we are very proud to introduce into our fleet and which will be seen all over Bristol,” says Doug Claringbold, Managing Director of First West of England. “It is our privilege to support the LGBTQ+ community within our organisation and in the communities that we serve across the West of England.”

Adds Daryn Carter MBE, founder and Programming and Sponsorship Director of Bristol Pride: “We are so excited to see a Pride bus joining the fleet and we can’t wait to see it on the streets of Bristol. Despite our disappointment at having to postpone this year’s parade march and Pride Day event, we are delighted that First West of England continues to show its support with the commissioning of this superb vehicle.”