The colourful Skegness Seasiders buses are set to return to the town’s famous seafront.
From Saturday (March 28) they will be back in action, ready to delight customers this Easter when the award-winning family of open-top buses will go on parade.
The six open-top buses, unveiled last year, will be back in service at the start of the Easter holidays, and will be operating right through to early September.
And in a rare ‘family appearance’, all six of the striking Seasiders – Rocky, Shelly, Candy, Pierre, Salty and Sandy – will be parading through the town on Tuesday (March 31), to celebrate the start of the holiday season.
The Seasiders are based on classic holiday themes, with each of the six buses characters in their own right.
Free rides, music and giveaways will all form part of the parade, which will follow the service three route that connects Ingoldmells and Skegness along the coast.
The Seasiders will then travel up and down the seafront between 11am and 2pm.
Local attractions have been invited to get involved, with room onboard for mascots to give out leaflets about what’s on offer for tourists.
Seasider Rocky will also be visiting Lincoln on Wednesday, March 25 to promote the service and tourism in Skegness, in the run up to Easter.
Peter Butterfield, Stagecoach’s Skegness Operations Manager, said: “We’re delighted that the Seasiders are back. They are incredibly popular with tourists and residents, especially families, and are a fun and colourful addition to Skegness.
“We have only managed to get them all together once before, at last year’s carnival. But rain spoilt that parade and so we’re determined to try and bring them together this time.”
The launch of the Skegness Seasiders last year lead to record passenger numbers and the service winning the UK Bus Awards Marketing Initiative of the Year.
Last year’s revamp of the fleet included new livery, refurbished seats and interiors, and is part of Stagecoach’s efforts to support the local tourism industry and provide fun holiday-themed accessible public transport for residents and visitors to Skegness.
Tony Tye, Chairman of the Skegness and District Chamber of Commerce, said: ”The Seasiders are a fun way to travel, connecting many of the attractions and shops that Skegness has to offer, with residential and holiday accommodation in the area. We’re gearing up for the Easter holidays and it’s fantastic to see the Seasiders back where they belong!”
Sales of children’s books telling the adventures of the Seasiders have helped raise money for local charities, ‘When You Wish Upon a Star’ charity, which grants the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses, RNLI Lifeboats, saving lives at sea and The Children’s brain Tumour Research Centre.
Songs about the Seasiders recorded by ‘No Direction’, a band made up of Stagecoach employees, have also helped raise money for ‘Shine’ helping families and individuals with Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus.
Seasider tickets start from £2.20 for adults and £1 for children, with an Adult Dayrider £4 and Family Dayrider, offering unlimited rides for a family of up to five on all the Seasiders, £10.
The buses are all wheelchair and buggy-friendly.
For more information go to www.skegnessseasiders.co.uk.
The Stagecoach Bus website can be found at www.stagecoachbus.com where you can find more information about the bus services the company offers.