Stanza to attention as Yellows launch Valentine contest

BUDDING poets are being challenged by Yellow Buses to enter a Valentine’s Day contest and ‘beat the bus bard.’


Flashback: Jenni Wilkinson, Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing (right), presents 2012 competition winner Alison Nuorto with flowers, chocolates and a 30-day Glo card.

For the last six years the Yellows have celebrated the romantic day by presenting red roses and cards to passengers.

The cards carry a suitably corny poem thanking people for travelling on the their services throughout the year.

Now Yellow Buses has thrown down the gauntlet and invited passengers to ‘beat the bus bard’ and have their poem chosen for publication. The winner will receive chocolates, roses and a complimentary 30 day GLO smartcard.

Bus driver and resident poet Michael Kench has penned the first two verses and the Yellows are looking for at least one more to complete it.

The YB contribution begins:


Roses are red

We met on a bus and we are now wed

Our buses are all yellow

And I’m sitting on the bus with my fellow


Travelling on the way to work with my lady on the bus

No worry, no stress and so little fuss

Paying for travel with my GLO

Living in bliss with my beau


Entrants can either add to this or come up with a completely new set of verses if they wish.

Entries should be emailed to [email protected] and the winning verse, if YB’s bard is beaten, will be printed in the Valentine’s Day card ready for February 14.

Closing date for entries is Monday February 4. Entrants should include their name, address and a daytime telephone number.

Jenni Wilkinson, YB’s Head of Marketing, said: “Our Valentine’s Day celebrations are a great way of thanking our passengers for their loyalty.

“The ‘Beat the Bus Bard’ competition has been very popular in the past and we’re hoping this year will be no different.”