Bus firm marks its centenary

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Trentbarton has celebrated its 100th birthday and the firm marked the occasion in style.

The Langley Mill company put vintage buses on the roads for passengers, raised £1,000 for a children’s cancer charity, hid golden envelopes under seats each giving away £100 in cash and named one of its vehicles after a woman also marking her 100th birthday.

Irene Ball had a surprise visit from the firm’s gold centenary bus with the news that the vehicle was being named after her.

Alex Hornby, trentbarton commercial director, said: “Irene was born on the same day as the first ever Trent Motor Traction service.

“A century on, Trent Motor Traction is still going strong as trentbarton, and we thought it was a great idea to name our golden bus after a special lady who shares our birthday.”

Ten lucky customers also found themselves with 100 good reasons to cheer.

Throughout the day ten golden envelopes containing £100 in cash were hidden under bus seats across the trentbarton network. All were found by the end of the day.

The biggest beneficiary of the celebrations, however, was the Lewis Mighty Fund, a cancer charity which the firm raised £1,000 for.

The donations were taken aboard a fleet of vintage buses that retraced the route of the first services between Derby and Ashbourne and Derby and Nottingham.

For one day only, the buses returned to the roads now served by trentbarton’s i4 and swift buses.

Alex said: “We were overwhelmed by the generosity of our customers.”