Bus drivers marry after meeting at First York

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First York bus drivers who met through ‘sheer luck’ travelled to their wedding in style on Saturday 29 February.

Roy Hunt and Maria Hardy became VIP passengers on a special bus chauffeured by Marc Bichtemann, the company’s Managing Director.The bus was arranged by work colleagues at the depot on James Street.

The couple in front of the special wedding bus
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“We thought they were joking when it was first suggested,” said Maria, “but we’ve had a lot of support from Marc and everyone.”

The happy couple met by chance when Roy (55) arrived at the depot on his first day as a relief driver and was wondering where to park when Maria (45) drove in and offered to help him out.

“Half an hour earlier or later and we wouldn’t have met,” he said. As the relationship began to bloom, fears crept in that Roy would have to leave after a few weeks. “I was sure I’d be back in Stoke, but then my transfer request came through,” said Roy.

The drivers got engaged last year in September and are both celebrating 10 years behind the wheel with First Bus. They live in New Earswick and both drive on the Park & Ride services from York Designer Outlet and Monks Cross.

On Saturday, the first stop was at the York Register Office in Bootham. The bus then drove the newlyweds and 50 guests to The Holgate on New Lane, Acomb.

“The bus looked amazing and our guests all thought it was a really fun way to get to the reception,” said Maria.

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