Over the last couple of weeks poppies have been appearing all over the place, on billboards, scaffolding and most notably that incredible display at the Tower Of London, which I got a breif glimpse of yesterday while passing on my Megabus coach to Norwich.
However First have excelled themselves. Poppies have been appearing on buses and I think that was a quite fantastic gesture. I first noticed one in Ipswich depot a couple of weeks ago on the newly repainted 32655 and it looked like this.
|The original poppy on 32655|
Now one of the improvements I've noticed with First since Chris Speed started to make changes is First now listen to people when errors/faults etc are brought up. I emailed Barry at Ipswich depot telling him the poppies were incorrectly positioned and within a day it had been amended, and all others I have seen since have been correct. Well done Ipswich - again!
|32655 with the repositioned poppy.|
|A Norwich Network President in Castle Meadow|
|First Essex's 66976 at Colchester with poppy set further back|
|Lowestoft Gemini 37568 at Norwich Bus Station|
However we shouldn't forget why those poppies are there. Many thousands of transport workers lost their lives in the two World Wars, and at the forefront were those woking at Caister Rd when it got attacked. Let us hope that not one more life is lost that way. May they all rest in peace, never be forgotten, and I leave you with the perfect poppy placement.
|33817 at Norwich Bus Station with the perfect poppy|
Grace, my loyal and dedicated Scottish Correspondent informs me that all Lothian Buses services pulled over at 11 o'clock to observe the two minute silence. Good for them and nice to hear about things like that.