Transdev dedicates Versa to Captain Tom

Transdev’s The Keighley Bus Company has named one of its Optare Versas in honour of Capt Tom Moore, the 99-year-old army veteran who has raised over £26million for NHS charities by walking in the garden of his home in Bedfordshire.


Capt Tom was born and raised in Keighley and attended Keighley Grammar School before completing a civil engineering apprenticeship ahead of his military service in India and Burma in World War 2.


His Yorkshire roots are to be celebrated in his hometown by The Keighley Bus Company, which is naming the bus in his honour and decorating it with the words: “A Big Thank You To Captain Tom – A Keighley Legend”.


The Versa will make its first appearance today at Harrogate’s new NHS Nightingale Hospital, created within the town’s Convention Centre in just two weeks to provide 500 additional critical care beds for patients across Yorkshire and Humberside. Capt Tom will appear via a live video link from his home to be guest of honour at the opening ceremony.


The Keighley Bus Company’s chief executive officer, Alex Hornby, says: “Like everyone in the country we are truly amazed by Capt Tom’s remarkable fundraising efforts for NHS charities, and as he is a proud Yorkshireman raised in Keighley, we feel it’s entirely appropriate for us to express our thanks to him by naming our bus in his hometown.


“All of our team in Keighley share our pride in serving the town where this inspirational man was raised, and he absolutely deserves all our thanks for everything he’s done – and continues to do – for our National Health Service. The rear of our special bus also features a special illustration of Capt Tom completing his fundraising walk, created as an affectionate salute by Yorkshire Post cartoonist Graeme Bandeira.


“Capt Tom’s bus will be seen in his home county on our local bus routes throughout the Keighley area, as we continue to provide vital transport links for key workers and those needing to access essential services throughout the coronavirus pandemic. It’s our way of saying thank you to this remarkable man for raising so much money for our NHS, and just as importantly, lifting the spirits of our nation.”

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