Goodbye to driver retiring at 75

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John Mountain with grandson Chris. CHRIS SHAW

A driver who has spent a large part of his life carrying passengers around Lincolnshire has finally decided to ‘take a rest,’ reports Nick Larkin, though his grandson continues his passion for the industry

A bus driver who has only just retired at the age of 75 has received tributes for his dedication and service from people in the industry ranging from former bosses to his grandson. John Mountain from St Ives in Cambridgeshire latterly worked for Dews Coaches of Somersham Previously a supermarket manager, John joined Whippet Coaches at Fenstanton after passing his PCV test in 1989.

Born in May 1947 and living on a farm in Great Carlton, near Louth in Lincolnshire, John was fascinated by vehicles from Grayscroft coaches, which he explained passed the farm on a regular basis throughout the day.

“In the early days of my childhood, perhaps when it was too wet to play outside, I remember playing buses on the stairs sometimes as a driver or sometimes as a passenger as I had five brothers to play with until we got bored. The other game we played was being a shopkeeper,” he recalled. “Little did I realise at that time how the subjects of those two games would dominate my career and life.”


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