Stanley Travel founder retires

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Robert Scott has been driving for Stanley Travel since the firm was founded in 1961

Robert Scott, founder of Stanley Travel, has retired after over 60 years driving.

Robert decided not to renew his PCV licence and retire from bus driving. He started Stanley Taxis in 1961 with his wife Ann, and began operating one taxi and one minibus from a small ‘hut’ in Stanley. As well as this, Robert was still holding down a job at the local colliery as a diesel engineer. The business acquired its first bus in 1963.

Since then he has contributed to the businesses growth under the stewardship of his two sons Ian and Andrew, winning many coach industry awards along the way.

In 2016, Stanley Travel marked 55 years in business. Robert celebrated his 82nd birthday earlier this year and said he has enjoyed every minute of being in the business.

Son Andrew, Director of the business, commented: “Dad has been the lifeblood of the business particularly in the early days, and the position the business holds today within the market is most certainly down to him and our Mam.

“He is always willing to help, and will be missed as a driver by the whole team. I’m sure he will still pull on his overalls everyday and potter on as he usually does.”