EYMS names a Panther in honour of driver Curtis

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Driver Darron Curtis’ family and colleagues are pictured with the Plaxton Panther-bodied Volvo B11R named in his memory

Memories of a popular driver will live on with Plaxton coach

Hull-based East Yorkshire Motor Services (EYMS) has in recent years established a tradition of naming buses in memory of drivers who have sadly died whilst still in employment – but now the company’s first coach has been named in this way.

For 17 years Darron Curtis worked for the company, first as a bus driver and then moving on to East Yorkshire Coaches, becoming an established and popular member of the team.

However, after developing a chest infection he went into hospital last October and died very shortly afterwards from a blood clot which had moved to his heart.

In a short ceremony at the company’s main depot in Hull at Anlaby Road, the East Yorkshire has been named in the presence of his widow Helen and other members of his family, including his brother-in-law who also works for EYMS.

As is the case with EYMS’ named buses and coaches, there is a plaque inside the Plaxton Panther-bodied Volvo B11R, registered ‘YX16NWC,’ explaining the reason for the name.

Darron’s widow, Helen Curtis, said: “Darron enjoyed his job – especially when he moved on to coaches, often driving on the Continent. It was like he was on a lad’s holiday with the passengers.”

David Shipp, Performance and Business Development Manager for East Yorkshire Motor Services, said: “Darron was a very well loved, respected, loyal and fun loving employee and a friend to many colleagues. We are proud of all our staff but we are very much a family and that is how we would like to see ourselves in East Yorkshire. It’s heart wrenching when somebody passes away and it’s unexpected to a degree. Many of our colleagues have worked with us for a number of years so to be able to remember them in this unique way is very pleasing for us.”