An award winning family of ‘smiling’ open-top buses in Skegness has welcomed two new characters to its fleet.
The Skegness Seasiders have launched new additions named Milly and Rolly who took to the roads for the first time on the weekend.
Milly was inspired by the wind farm that sits off the coast of the resort, while Rolly sports a fun fair and rollercoaster theme.
Both have now joined the other six - Rocky, Shelly, Candy, Pierre, Salty and Sandy. The Seasiders are based on classic holiday themes, with each of the buses characters in their own right.
Peter Butterfield, Stagecoach’s Skegness operations manager, said: “We are delighted to unveil our two new Seasiders, Rolly and Milly. The original six have proved to be a big hit with holidaymakers visiting Skegness and local residents and I’m sure Rolly and Milly will be well received. We hope they will be a fun and colourful addition to the seafront.”
Children who collect six or more badges by travelling on different Seasiders can enter a competition to win a hudl2 tablet. Everyone who enters will receive a Stagecoach goody bag. Children receive individual badges for each bus they travel on, with the new Milly and Rolly badges now available. All the buses also have music played on them.
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, as 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.
Sales of children’s books telling the adventures of the Seasiders have helped raise money for the When You Wish Upon a Star charity, which grants the wishes of children living with life threatening illnesses, the RNLI and the Children’s Brain Tumour Research Centre.
Songs inspired by the Seasiders recorded by No Direction, a band made up of Stagecoach employees, have helped raise money for Shine, which helps 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