IT HAS 140,000 miles on the clock and carried its last passenger in September last year.
But now this former double decker London bus has begun a new journey as Boughton Leigh Infant School’s library.
We reported a year ago how it had been donated by Stagecoach Midlands and since then has been undergoing a refurbishment funded by several donations with work completed by various companies including Bevenny Manufacturing Ltd and electrician Matthew Hunt.
And it was officially unveiled by Andy Cope, the author of the Spy Dog book series on Friday when a host of other entertainment was organised as part of what turned into a fun day at the school on Wetherall Way in Brownsover.
Boughton Leigh did previously have a reading area but it was right in the middle of the main buildings and not very quiet, said head teacher Andrew Moorcroft who had read about a school in London having a similar idea to use an old bus.
“We are so pleased with the new resource and all the children are really excited about using it,” he added.
“This would not have been possible without donations from Stagecoach and support from local businesses on the refurbishment so we are very grateful.”
Coun Alan Webb, Brownsover councillor and vice-chair of governors, added: “I admire the imagination of the head teacher and I am impressed with this creative resource that the school has developed to make reading more fun for pupils and ultimately enhance their ability to learn.”
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Children’s author Andrew Cope and Boughton Leigh head teacher Andrew Moorcroft cut the ribbon to open the school’s new library bus. All pictures by Jon Mullis 29.014.005.rug.jm12 (www.buyphotos247.com)
Rachel Spence, Charley Sherwood, Olivia Henry, Rilegh Henry and mums Hannah Mitchell and Tracey Messer take a look on the top deck. 29.014.005.rug.jm16
Author Andrew Cope with big fan Ella Hadley who was the first to get her book signed. 29.014.005.rug.jm15
Pupils Farrah Fewz and Erin Coleman enjoy an ice cream after the library bus opening. 29.014.005.rug.jm5
A tombola was one of the many stalls and sideshows at the school on Friday. 29.014.005.rug.jm6
Head teacher Andrew Moorcroft gives a speech thanking those who made the project possible. Picture by Jon Mullis 29.014.005.rug.jm10 (www.buyphotos247.com)
Author Andrew Cope gets behind the wheel of the school bus with a difference. Picture by Jon Mullis 29.014.005.rug.jm4 (www.buyphotos247.com)
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