Salisbury Reds gives young bus fan a 'golden ticket'

Salisbury Reds gives young bus fan a 'golden ticket'

Published by Faye Tryhorn at 5:51am 16th January 2020.

2 minute read

Five year old Declan Cartledge-Clarke has had a tour around the bus operator's city depot.

The Fordingbridge Infants pupil was invited to Salisbury Reds' Castle Road site, after his grandma got in touch with the team.

Ann Clarke told them about her grandson's passion: 

"Deccy is a regular traveller on the X3 bus. This child is, without any exaggeration, bus mad! He knows the number and destination of every bus, delights in tracing its route - and is a walking timetable.

"Buses are Deccy's first and most important consideration, with food and outer space coming in close behind."

Salisbury Reds Declan Cartledge-Clarke with grandparents Ann and Alan Clarke January 2020
Declan went along to the Salisbury Reds depot with his grandparents Ann and Alan Clarke

Salisbury Reds were only too happy to help, giving Declan a very special Christmas card, giving him a 'golden ticket' to visit them.

He got the chance to go behind-the-scenes at the operator's depot and says there was one particular highlight: 

"Thank you to Salisbury Reds for taking me around the bus depot, and for my bus book. It was funny when my grandma went through the bus wash!"

Salisbury Reds Declan Cartledge-Clarke visit January 2020
Declan behind the wheel of one of the Salisbury Reds' fleet

Alex Makwana from Salisbury Reds said it was a pleasure to have Declan along: 

"It was great hosting a youngster who has such a passion for buses. There was little we could teach him during his visit because he knew so much - but I could see he was thrilled by the tour of the depot. Though it's a few years into the future, I predict a brilliant career ahead of him within the bus industry if that's what he chooses to do - and I look forward to our paths crossing again."

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