A fond farewell to Ringwood bus driver

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Retiring Wilts & Dorset driver Mike Caldicott has been congratulated for a long career by both company and passengers. Mike joined the firm as a driver in 1978 after two years driving experience with operator Midland Red. Now retiring at the age of 69, Mike has driven his last bus from the Ringwood depot after 35 years behind the wheel.

Mike said he will miss the camaraderie of his fellow drivers and many of the regular passengers. At a buffet attended by many of his former colleagues and current drivers, Mike said he was touched by a surprise thank you given by the Head Teacher of St Peters School on his last school bus run.

“It was a complete surprise,” said Mike. “I was given a special farewell card designed and signed by the pupils as well as individual gifts from the pupils.”

Mike plans to continue as Chairman of the Wessex Transport Society, which has grown to a membership exceeding 250 since its launch in 1983.