Oxford Bus Company bids farewell to mechanics Dave Cook and Ray Leach

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OBC Dave Cook and Ray Leach

Oxford Bus Company (OBC) mechanics Dave Cook and Ray Leach have retired after almost a combined century servicing buses for the company.

Dave joined Oxford Bus Company in August 1971, when Edward Heath was prime minister and How Can You Mend A Broken Heart by Bee Gees was Number One in the charts. He completed 49 years’ services in total.

Ray meanwhile joined the company a year later in August 1972, when School’s Out by Alice Cooper was Number One in the charts, the average bus fare was 3p and a pint of beer 15p. Ray completed 48 years’ service in total.

OBC says Dave and Ray experienced significant developments in the transport industry. The pair were “at the forefront of ever-developing transport technology during their careers”, which includes the recent transition from diesel vehicles to hybrids.

Phil Southall, Oxford Bus Company Managing Director says: “Dave and Ray have been part of the Oxford Bus Company team for many years and will be sorely missed by colleagues. We wish them both a happy and long retirement with their families.

“They have both experienced so much development in the bus industry and always kept abreast of engineering advancements. We are fortunate to have many loyal and hard-working colleagues and who are a credit to the company.”