Fundraising success in Dundee

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Almost 2,500 people attended Xplore Dundee’s Big Bus Show at its East Dock Street depot. RICHARD WALTER

Almost 2,500 visitors enjoyed a busy open day event at Xplore Dundee’s East Dock Street depot recently, raising funds for a city children’s charity. Xplore Dundee threw open the gates of its depot, located near to the city centre, to welcome visitors through the gates of its Big Bus Show, with a range of activities offering something for everyone.

After the event, the operator thanked all who braved the rain showers to attend the event, which raised £1,000 for local charity Dundee Bairns, which supports many of the city’s most vulnerable children.

A host of attractions inside and outside Xplore Dundee’s bus depot proved popular, including funfair rides, face painting, a street food zone, and free ice cream for children – plus rides through the bus wash, tours behind the scenes and a chance for younger visitors to experience a driver’s eye view from behind the wheel of an Xplore Dundee training bus.


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A line-up of classic and vintage buses sat alongside some of the newest and greenest buses in parent firm McGill’s Bus Group fleets, as well as displays by the RNLI, Dundee Sea Cadets, the Scottish Fire and Rescue Service and Police Scotland Tayside. McGill’s Bus Group Managing Director Alex Hornby said: “Days like this make me so proud of Xplore Dundee and every single one of our amazing people from across McGill’s who pulled out all the stops to put on a magnificent show for the city.

“The smiles on the faces of the families who joined us said it all – my thanks go to every one of them, and to the exhibitors, vintage vehicle owners and all who made it such a memorable day. We’re delighted that as well as having fun together, we raised £1,000 for Dundee Bairns, who work so hard all year round to support school groups and community projects to make sure no child in our city goes without.”

Project Manager at Dundee Bairns Genna Millar thanked the company for its efforts: “Our heartfelt thanks go to all the team at Xplore Dundee for helping us to help Dundee’s Bairns through donation of proceeds from the Big Bus Show on Saturday. It was a wonderful event and a great way to celebrate our community. We are always so grateful for the support of our local community – it’s vital to our mission to support vulnerable children across our city.”

Classic buses as well as new ones were on display. RICHARD WALTER