Ceremonial opening of new Bus Shelter-2003
On Saturday,6th December, around Noon, Mr Frank Stuttard formally opened the new Bus Shelter, before a modest group of well wishers and supporters of the project. The Parish Council invited Frank to do 'the honours', because he lives in the village and was one of the team of Drivers who ran the 99 Bus service between Taunton  and Ilminster. Colin Slade -Chairman of the Parish Council ,was in attendance, as was Tony Carroll of SSDC.
After a brief address-it was raining-Mr Stuttard cut the ribbon ,and declared the Bus Shelter open. The assembled crowd then entered the 99 Bus especially provided by Cooks Coaches for the ceremony. Instead of following the normal route, the bus headed straight for the Bell ,where a modest celebration took place!
The Bus Shelter was a successful Parish Council project with several objectives in mind. Primarily it was to provide some protection from the weather for passenger waiting for the bus. This was especially relevant to the number of  children who use the bus services to go to school. A secondary objective was to encourage people to wait for the bus at the proper stop(rural transport interchange is the correct terminology, would you believe !) In this the Bus Shelter has ,for the most part failed. People still wait outside the shop, and the bus still stops there.

 

 


The new bus shelter on a fine, sunny day offers a comfortable resting place, whether one is waiting for a bus or not!

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