A bus has been named in memory of a driver who sadly died while employed at East Yorkshire Motor Services Bridlington depot.
A tribute in the form of a plaque has been unveiled on a bus in remembrance of Wayne Rogers who died unexpectedly at the age of 58 in July of this year.
Wayne began working for the company in 2004 at the Driffield depot where he worked for 10 years before it closed and he transferred to the Bridlington site. Helpful and kind, Wayne was well known throughout the company.
EYMS held a naming ceremony at the Bridlington depot earlier this week and family and friends gathered to pay tribute to Wayne.
The bus will be used much of the time on the route between Bridlington and York so will pass through Burton Agnes, where his widow, Kate, lives .
She told the EYMS chairman, Peter Shipp, that Wayne would be very proud and she will watch out for the bus.
Peter Shipp said: “It was several years ago, it started out when a driver died while still employed at the depot and staff asked if there was any chance they could name one of the buses after them.
“It seems to go down quite well with the family and the staff. It’s very sad we have had to lose four drivers this year, this is a way we can pay tribute to them.”
Three naming ceremonies have been carried out recently by the company. One bus was named in memory of Ernest Harper, know to everyone as Ernie, who died aged 71.
He had worked for the company since 1980 at the Hornsea depot and had completed over 35 years service at the time of his death.
Wayne received several commendations from the travelling public over the years an his excellent customer care always shone through.
He was one of ten EYMS drivers who helped out on secondment at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow - proudly representing the company in a driving capacity.
The plaque now mounted inside the bus reads: “Wayne is sadly missed by both the company and his colleagues.”