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Arriva resprays bus to honour Sochi Winter Olympics gold medalist Lizzy Yarnold from West Kingsdown and former Maidstone Grammar School pupil

07 March 2014
by James Walker

The Royal Mail might have failed to deliver for Kent's Winter Olympics hero, but a golden tribute to Lizzy Yarnold has been unveiled today.

Bus company Arriva have sprayed a bus running on its 478 route gold to celebrate the former Maidstone Grammar School for Girls pupil's success.

The bus took to the roads today after spending a week being resprayed in Watford.

A gold Arriva bus was unveiled today. Picture Steve Tervet

A gold Arriva bus was unveiled today. Picture: Steve Tervet

It will cover a route that runs through West Kingsdown, the 25-year-old's home town, on its way to Swanley.

The Sochi 2014 gold medalist said: "The support I've had from the local community in West Kingsdown has been amazing – it really helped me whilst I was in Sochi, knowing that there were so many people behind me and cheering me on back home.  

"I hope everyone enjoys riding the gold bus and it brings a smile to a few faces!"

Lizzy Yarnold in skeleton action. Picture Phil Searle

Lizzy Yarnold in skeleton action. Picture: Phil Searle

Richard Lewis, regional publicity manager for Arriva, said: "We are proud of Lizzy's achievement and, as we serve her local community, we felt that a gold bus would be a fitting way to draw attention to her success. 

"Unlike a post box, our bus will be seen by large numbers of people every day over a wide area as it travels between Lizzy's home village and the nearby town of Swanley."

Last month, the Royal Mail said it would not paint a post box gold for Yarnold - like it did for London 2012 Olympics gold medal winners.

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