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Stagecoach turns buses silver to mark 25th anniversary

Bus firm Stagecoach has decorated two of its south east buses to mark the company's 25th anniversary in the region.

It took over the East Kent Road Car Company in 1993.

A silver double-decker bus is now in service in Canterbury with an open top vehicle running in Thanet at weekends until the end of September.

Matthew Arnold, commercial director at Stagecoach South East, celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary with the silver liveried buses (4053561)
Matthew Arnold, commercial director at Stagecoach South East, celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary with the silver liveried buses (4053561)

Matthew Arnold, commercial director at Stagecoach South East, said: “We carry more than 43 million passengers a year, cover 19 million miles annually and employ some 1,300 staff across Kent and East Sussex.

"We have made huge strides since we started out in East Kent so we wanted to celebrate the achievements of everyone involved.”

A specially commissioned banner celebrating the 25th anniversary features on the side of the buses which includes many of the locations Stagecoach serves.

Matthew Arnold, commercial director at Stagecoach South East, celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary with the silver liveried buses (4053559)
Matthew Arnold, commercial director at Stagecoach South East, celebrating the company’s 25th anniversary with the silver liveried buses (4053559)

Among the drawings passengers can spot are an oast house; Ashford Designer Outlet; beach huts which represent Whitstable and Herne Bay; Canterbury Cathedral; Dreamland Margate, the lighthouse at Folkestone and Dover’s famous white cliffs and castle.

The banner was designed by Krissie Gwynne, a former employee of Stagecoach, who now runs her own design agency.

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