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Go North East spread bank holiday weekend cheer by wearing red, white and blue to commemorate VE Day

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Go North East spread bank holiday weekend cheer by wearing red, white and blue to commemorate VE Day

Hundreds of bus drivers, as well as support teams, from the region’s largest bus company Go North East wore red, white and blue, and fancy dress, over the bank holiday weekend to spread some cheer and commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

There was a wide range of outfits that included bus drivers Michelle Penfold and Sue Hollingsworth dressed as Wonder Woman, whilst fellow driving colleague Scott Gilmour took things to the next level by dressing as the Spice Girls’ Geri Halliwell, complete with the infamous Union flag dress.

Go North East’s bus drivers also took part in the two-minute silence on VE Day, where safe to do so on their routes, and were joined by key workers and essential travellers in honouring the service and sacrifice of the Second World War generation.

Martijn Gilbert, managing director at Go North East, said: “It was great to see so many colleagues across the company take part in commemorating the 75th anniversary of VE Day.

“Our friendly hardworking team set out to help put some smiles back on people’s faces during this crisis, and something as simple as wearing red, white and blue provided some much-needed cheer to the bank holiday weekend in a time where things can feel very repetitive.”

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On the Go since 1913

Around 175,000 journeys are made on Go North East bus services every day to travel around this wonderful region. Travelling to work or education, to visit friends and family, to have a night out, or to visit one of the region's many tourist and leisure attractions.

For over 100 years, Go North East has connected the region's towns and villages with the cities of Newcastle, Durham and Sunderland and currently operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham and into Tees Valley.

Employing over 2,000 local people, with a fleet of almost 700 buses and coaches and an annual turnover of £100m, the company is the regional subsidiary of the Go-Ahead Group plc, one of the UK's leading providers of passenger transport.

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