Nottingham City Transport (NCT) has once again launched its Poppy Bus to commemorate Remembrance Day, and in this First World War centenary year the bus will also display a tribute to the 224 NCT employees who lost their lives in the conflict.
â€œOver the years, NCT has had hundreds of employees who have either served personally or have had family members in the armed forces, so it felt hugely important for us to pay our respects in the best way we know how,â€ says Marketing Manager Anthony Carver-Smith.
NCT created the Poppy Bus to launch 2013’s Poppy Appeal. Like last year, the striking double-decker will be used on routes across the network until the end of November, and this year it also displays the names of NCT’s staff who were killed in the First World War.
Exclusively-designed and featuring 100 poppies as part of its livery (to mark 100 years since WWI), its aim is to act as a moving reminder of all those who served, or are still in the Armed Forces and encourage people to donate to this year’s Poppy Appeal.
â€œTwo of our buses are permanently named after local soldiers who lost their lives in recent conflict â€“ Warrant Officer Sean Upton from Beeston Rylands and Lance Corporal Kieron Hill from Clifton â€“ and the idea of our Poppy Bus is to remember those who serve today, as well as years gone by,â€ adds Anthony Carver-Smith. â€œThe Poppy Bus was extremely well-received last year, so we are honoured to play a part in supporting the appeal again this year.â€
Nottingham City Transport has offered to help local organisers by counting the donations from Poppy Appeal collection boxes across the Nottingham area again this year and there will be collection boxes at NCT’s main sites. The Company will be donating 2,500 to the Royal British Legion.
In addition, free travel will be offered to all members of the Armed Forces and Veterans on Remembrance Sunday, and drivers and staff will observe the 2 minutes silence at 11am.
The Nottingham City Transport War Memorial which features the names of all employees who lost their lives can be found inside the Galleries of Justice Museum and is free to visit.