Rugby busman Bob retires after 40 years

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After 40 years and six months working in the bus industry, Bob Page has retired.

Bob, 64, was just 24 years old when he joined the then Midland Red depot in Rugby in September of 1973.

Apart from a few months working away, Bob has been based at the Rugby depot ever since.

Bob started his bus career in Rugby as a bus driver, a role he enjoyed for 16 years.

He is still recognised by many of his former passengers in Rugby town today.

He went on to work in the commercial office for the next nine years and specialised in marketing and publicity.

In 1998 he got involved in driver training and eventually became a fully qualified driving instructor - a role he enjoyed up until retirement.

Bob said: “I have thoroughly enjoyed my career in the bus industry and have been fortunate enough to experience a number of diverse roles within the company.

“My time in training has been without a doubt the most rewarding and enjoyable.”

He added: “When I see so many drivers I have trained driving buses around Rugby and other Warwickshire towns, I do get some sense of pride and achievement.

“In latter years I have also been heavily involved in training Megabus drivers, a role that has given me immense pleasure.”

Bob retired yesterday (Thursday).

Bob will be at the Spring Street Club in Railway Terrace tonight (Friday) from 7.30pm onwards for anyone who wants to say goodbye.

All current and ex Rugby depot staff who worked with Bob are welcome to attend.