Poppy’s design for new Seasiders bus wows judges

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Children are not always happy when the bus arrives at school, but it bought delight to little Poppy Bagnall.

Poppy’s face was a picture as the newest addition to the Skegness Seasiders open top bus fleet made a surprise stop at Seathorne Primary, Winthorpe.

The astonished eight-year-old was led from her classroom to discover the bus featuring her underwater themed design and choice of name Salty the Seasider.

Poppy, from Winthorpe, had not been told she had won the competition held by the Skegness Standard and bus company Stagecoach to create an artwork for the bus.

Family members and teachers kept the news secret so as not to spoil the surprise.

Mum Sharon was amongst the cheering crowd as Poppy waved triumphantly from the bus.

Poppy’s grandmother Sheila helped her with ideas for the design featuring fish, seals and seahorses.

Sheila said: “We were on the bus and thought it needed brightening up and were still talking about it when we got home.

“Poppy lives on Roman Bank so will see the bus go past her house every day.”

The name and sea-blue colouring was inspired by her two uncles, Ned and Tony Kelly, both members of the RNLI Skegness Lifeboat, and Poppy’s love of the sea.

Salty the Seasider is the sixth themed Skegness Seasiders bus running between Skegness and Ingoldmells