Mike leaves centre stage

Mike Saul, centre, with MD Andrew Smith and colleagues at Yellow Buses.

Mike Saul, centre, with MD Andrew Smith and colleagues at Yellow Buses.

One of the most recognisable faces in Bournemouth town centre has retired after a 30 year career with Yellow Buses.

Mike Saul was supervisor in The Square and his encyclopaedic knowledge of public transport and the town elevated him to minor celebrity status.

For his efforts he won the Transport Delivery Award at the Bournemouth Tourism Awards in 2015.

He not only knew Yellow Buses’ timetables, but those of rival firms and he also had knowledge of railways, local accommodation and general tourist information.

The 65-year-old father of three and grandfather of five joined Yellow Buses in 1987 as a driver.

He was made supervisor three years later and for the last six years has been a highly visible presence in Gervis Place in the centre of town.

Mike said: “I’d like to thank the management, staff and especially the drivers. It’s a great job and it’s given me a life. I’ll miss everyone of course but I’ll still be around.

“I’m looking forward to my retirement and I will enjoy cycling, walking and travelling -and I’ll have more time with my wife June.

“For much of our married lives we didn’t get much time off together because of our hours but we’ll be making up for that.

“I wasn’t sure what the town centre role would entail when I started, but it’s been great; meeting people and helping people. And to get an award was the highlight.”

Yellow Buses’ Managing Director Andrew Smith said: “Mike’s been a fantastic ambassador for 30 years.

“He has huge experience and knowledge and has a wonderful personality for dealing with passengers.

“His work won him a deserved award and he’ll be missed by not only staff here but locals and tourists in the town centre.

“I wish Mike all the best for his retirement.”

Pointing the way: Mike in action, showing his replacement Darren Fereday the ropes while assisting a member of the public.

Pointing the way: Mike in action, showing his replacement Darren Fereday the ropes while assisting a member of the public.