Arting about with the Yellows

Yellow Buses provided the Poetry Bus for Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea festival. (l-r) Ollie Wheatley (second left) from Yellow Buses, with the council’s Andrea Francis (centre) and Fiona Harwood from Yellow Buses next to her, with volunteers.

Yellow Buses’ dedicated Poetry Bus had a star turn at Bournemouth’s Arts by the Sea Festival by acting as the information hub.

The double decker is decorated inside with verses written by poets who were inspired by travelling around the conurbation on the fleet.

The bus was in the main square and festival volunteers manned it and were there to help the visitors.

Yellow Buses also gave out free travel passes to the volunteers so they could get around during the eight day event.

During the festival, which is in its seventh year, more than 50 performances took place in a variety of locations.

These included the mediums of dance, film, theatre, performance, visual arts, spoken word, literature and music.

It is estimated that more than 110,000 people attended the festival.

Andrea Francis, Cultural Development Manager at Bournemouth Borough Council, who organised the event, said: “The festival was a huge success and we’re extremely grateful to Yellow Buses.

“Not only were they our travel partners once again, but helped us out during the weekends by supplying the Poetry Bus.

“It acted as an information hub, but was also a great place for people to meet and is a work of art in itself and visitors enjoyed walking around it.

“Giving our volunteers travel passes meant they could get around the venues easily and help ensure the festival went smoothly.

“The theme of the festival was ‘plastic beach’ and Yellow Buses share our environmental outlook and have new, eco-friendly buses, wash their fleet with rainwater and have a monthly Carbon Stoppers charity give-away.”

Fiona Harwood from Yellow Buses said: “We’re proud to continue our support for the arts locally and assist with this festival that has grown massively.

“Our Poetry Bus and our Gallery Bus are in regular service and passengers really enjoy them.”