Wrightbus staff form Guard of Honour in tribute to Sir William Wright

Wrightbus employees formed a guard of honour outside the manufacturer’s Ballymena factory on 28 July to mark the funeral of founder Sir William Wright, who passed away on 24 July.

Photos released show management and factory staff marching alongside Sir William’s funeral cortege.

Wrightbus Chief Executive Buta Atwal has said the guard of honour was a “fitting tribute” to a man who had put Wrightbus on the map.

“Everyone here at Wrightbus has been saddened by the death of Sir William but they were determined to pay their respects,” he says. “The guard of honour was our way of thanking him for what he’s done for this business and this whole area, and we hope the family recognise that we will never forget the legacy he has left behind.”

Tributes have come from politicians, civic leaders, business people and community leaders to recognise Sir William’s legacy.