Roses are red, buses are yellow…

STAFF at Yellow Buses showered passengers and passers-by with red roses on Valentine’s Day.

Red Rose

Yellow Buses staff gave out red roses to passengers and passers-by in Bournemouth on Velentine’s Day. Among them are drivers Gordon and Sandra Hopkins (centre and rear) who married after meeting on a bus. Yellow Buses’ Head of marketing Jenni Wilkinson is far left.

It is the seventh year in a row that the bus company has spread a little love on February 14.

Over 1,000 roses and cards were handed out during the morning in and around Bournemouth Square.

Many were taken aback as they were approached by the Yellow Buses staff.

Edna and Ken Harding from Parkstone were delighted with their roses and Edna said: “We love Yellow Buses.

“We’ve been using them for nearly 40 years and the staff are always very friendly. And it’s not just chaps – there are a lot of lady drivers now.”

Yellow Buses’ drivers Gordon and Sandra Hopkins were in the mood for love because they met while working on buses.

Sandra said: “We moved down here six months ago and love it.

“No one does anything like this in London, where we came from, and it’s a really good idea.”

Yellow Buses’ Head of Marketing Jenni Wilkinson said: “The reaction from passengers and shoppers ranged from bemusement to absolute delight.

“This is the seventh year running we’ve handed out roses and cards. It’s a fun way of saying thanks to people for travelling with us and to encourage others to get the bus habit.”

As part of Yellow Buses’ Valentine’s Day celebrations it held a poetry competition, which was won by Rosie Guest from Moordown.

Her winning entry was:


I love to use the Yellow bus,

With Glo cards there is not the fuss

Of searching for money – high and low

Now you board, just ‘swipe’ and GLO.

Whether going to work or meeting friends in town

The Yellow’s new Glo card helps get me around

This Valentine’s Day my heart is given

To the Yellow bus and whoever has driven!