Transdev Poppy buses return to mark Remembrance

Harrogate Poppy Bus
Pictured at the Harrogate War Memorial, Harrogate Bus Company with its poppy bus, a tribute to all those who serve in the armed forces. Pictured: Standard Bearer Paul Darley Knaresborough Branch and Alan Pitchfork Chairman Knaresborough Branch of The Royal British Legion. Picture credit: Gerard Binks

North of England operator Transdev is once again supporting the Royal British Legion by adorning its buses with commemorative poppies as the nation marks Remembrance Day.

The poppies will be displayed on buses run by each of Transdev’s nine local bus operators across the North.

“This year’s Remembrance has additional significance, marking 75 years since the end of the Second World War,” says Transdev CEO Alex Hornby. “With the pandemic continuing, this is a year like no other for us all, so we believe it’s right to continue our support for the excellent work done by the Royal British Legion.”

It is hoped the sight of the poppies on the buses encourages passengers to show their support. The Royal British Legion’s Area Manager for Yorkshire, Debbie Harding, says the charity is grateful for the bus operator’s support: “The pandemic has had an overwhelming impact on people’s livelihoods and way of life,” she says, “leaving some in our Armed Forces community in dire need of urgent help and support.

“The Legion’s work is more vital than ever as we support our community through additional hardships, from those struggling with social isolation, financial difficulties and unemployment to those who have lost loved ones or are facing the threat of homelessness. Every poppy counts.”