Stagecoach driver retires after 45 years

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A South Tyneside bus driver has retired after a 45-year long career in the business. Alan Douglas, 65, of South Shields, retired from his job at Stagecoach North East on October 17.

Mr Douglas said: “I was thrilled to achieve the long service award after 45 great years at the company. After four decades I still really enjoyed my job, and looked forward to going into work every day.

“Everyone at the firm was great and we all got along really well. I still don’t feel like I’ve retired yet, it just feels like I’m on a week’s holiday, but I’m looking forward to spending more time at home with my grandson, Matthew.”

Douglas’ service for the operator began when it was known as South Shields Corporation Transport. Beginning as a conductor, eventually he made his way through various roles at the company before ending his career as a duty officer.

MD of Stagecoach North East, John Conroy, said: “Alan has played an important part in our company for a significant number of years and though we wish him all the best in his retirement, we will be sad to John Pitsch with member of First’s charity committee, John Boothman see him leave.”