To mark the Regiment’s 50thanniversary, North East’s largest bus operator Go North East has branded a commemorative bus.

With several ex-military personnel within its workforce, including former Fusiliers, Go North East has wrapped a Volvo B5 double decker bus in our regimental colours on a striking black background and featuring the Fusilier 50 logo. In service now, the replacement service can be seen transporting passengers across Tyne and Wear.

 

Colonel James Denny, Regimental Secretary for the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers said:

“We are delighted to have a dedicated branded bus for the Regiment in this, our 50th anniversary year. The North East is a key recruiting area for the regiment and where our reservists the Fifth Fusiliers are based so it’s an honour to have this major milestone recognised in this way. A huge thank you to all the team at Go North East for their support for the Regiment and we all look forward to seeing our bus in service throughout 2018.”

Kevin Carr, Managing Director of Go North East added:

“We take our role in the community very seriously and are always looking at ways to be involved with initiatives which not only have regional importance but that our customers and team members are passionate about too.  That’s why we were so keen to celebrate the Fusilier’s 50thanniversary as several of our team members previously worked in the military, including a number of former Fusiliers. We’re glad we can help promote the occasion in this way and show our continued support to current and ex-service men and women in the North East.”

 

With a regional workforce of over 2000 local people, Go North East has been successful in actively recruiting new drivers and engineers who held previous roles in the military.

 

Former 1stBattalion Fusilier, Michael Sparks has been a bus driver at Go North East’s flagship Riverside depot in Gateshead, since 2009.  With 23-years served in the Army, joining at 16 and hanging up his boots aged 40, Michael has the British Forces in his blood. He said: “My dad was a Paratrooper, my brother was also in the Fusiliers and now my son is joining the Military Police. Being in the Fusiliers is like having an extended family, there’s always someone for you to help, or someone to support you and that’s what’s also great about working at Go North East.

 

Receiving a Long Service Award from Go North East this year, in recognition of three decades dedicated the job, bus driver Stephen Lowery joined the company immediately after leaving the 3rdFusiliers in 1987.  He recalls being eager to follow in the footsteps of his older brothers, beginning his Army career aged 17. He said: “Some of the best years of my life were spent in the Fusiliers with getting married, and the comradeship. I’m still great friends with a few of the lads.”