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Sawbridgeworth community bus is just the ticket

A unique bus ferrying passengers around Sawbridgeworth, which is seen as a vital community service, has celebrated a landmark anniversary.

Sawbobus marked its 10th anniversary last month with 60 passengers and friends invited to Sawbridgeworth Town Council to celebrate.

The bus service was launched in November 2009 to replace the axed SW1, 2 and 3 services and has grown from strength to strength with 22,000 passenger journeys recorded a year.

Cyril Lumley is presented with his trophy (21476047)
Cyril Lumley is presented with his trophy (21476047)

It is based in Gravelle Budgens car park at a bus stop provided by Paul and Michelle Gravelle who are also one of the service’s commercial sponsors. The other sponsor from day one has been the Rivers Hospital.

The get-together was introduced by town mayor Cllr Dr John Burmicz and then town clerk Richard Bowran gave a presentation on the path Sawbobus has trodden, including memories of buses past and present.

There was also a brief glance into the future and the assurance that the town council would do everything it could to ensure that the Sawbobus service continues to serve the people of Sawbridgeworth.

Presentations were made to drivers “Rob” Robinson, John (J.J.) Jones and also to Cyril Lumley who has driven for the service since day one. Cyril was presented with a ‘gold’ fob watch and a trophy to mark the occasion.

Bus administrator Laura Carter was presented with a bouquet of flowers as she will have been with the council for 10 years on December 1.

The afternoon finished with tea and cakes provided in the Hailey Centre.

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