Nottingham City Transport launches Poppy Bus to mark World War One

poppyeditedNottingham City Transport has launched its Poppy Bus this year to pay tribute to the 224 employees who died in World War 1.

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The double decker bus, designed with 100 poppies to mark the 100 years since the First World War features the names of the 224 fallen soldiers who worked for the company.

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The Poppy Bus was first launched last year to mark the start of the poppy appeal and is back again to act as a reminder of all those who have served and are currently serving in the armed forces and encourage people to donate.

The eye-catching bus will be on routes around Nottingham city centre until the end of November.

It is currently on the number 35 route from the city centre to Bulwell.

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Anthony Carver-Smith, Nottingham City Transport marketing manager, said: “Over the years Nottingham City Transport has had hundreds of employees who have either served personally or have had family members in the armed forces and so it felt hugely important for us to pay out respects to them in the best way we know.”

Two other Nottingham City Transport buses are named after two Nottingham soldiers who died in recent conflicts – Warrant Officer Sean Upton from Beeston Rylands and Lance Corporal Kieron Hill from Clifton.

Both soldiers were killed in Afghanistan in 2009.

Mr Carver-Smith said: “The idea of our Poppy Bus is to remember those who serve today as well as years gone by.”

He added: “The Poppy Bus was extremely well-recived last year, so we are honoured to play a part in supporting the appeal again this year.”

Nottingham City Transport will be donating £2500 to the British  Legion and there will also be free travel for members of the Armed Forces and Veterans on Remembrance Sunday.

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