Friends and former colleagues gather for bus naming in memory of Solent Blue Line co-founder

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Friends and family of Southampton man John Chadwick gathered in the city this week for a bus naming ceremony in his honour.

A well-respected figure in Southampton, John co-founded Solent Blue Line in 1987. Now known as Bluestar, the company wanted to do something in his memory, and unveiled one of its route 18 buses with his name taking pride of place.

“Sadly, John passed away earlier this year, and is missed by all of those who are fortunate enough to have known him,” said Bluestar Managing Director, Andrew Wickham.

“Bluestar is now one of the region’s leading bus companies, and we have John and his colleague Peter Shelley to thank for its existence, As the current custodian of Solent Blue Line’s successor, I am honoured to be attending the unveiling of this very special bus in the presence of John’s widow, Frances, and many of his friends and former co-workers. It is great to think that the bus will following a route close to where John lived. And it will be wonderful to see it transporting the many people who rely on this service across Southampton. I feel sure he would be proud of the progress we have made as a bus operator since his inspired decision to create Solent Blue Line 30 years ago.”

Solent Blue Line co-founder Peter Shelley added: “John had a long and highly regarded career in public transport. When we met and set up Solent Blue Line, we both believed that by putting the passenger first we could build a thriving business which lives on in Bluestar today.”

Bluestar Managing Director Andrew Wickham with Frances Chadwick in front of the newly named bus. GO SOUTH COAST