VIP visit for bus enthusiast and dedicated volunteer

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The organisers of Golcar Lily Day wanted to thank one of their volunteers, Harvey Dawson, for all of the voluntary work he did for their annual village event.

As Harvey is a huge fan of buses, they approached Huddersfield Bus Station for help.

The enthusiast got to take a look at Huddersfield bus station as a way to say thank you.

Harvey with Huddersfield Bus Station Manager Helen Schofield and Craig Turner, Staff Manager at the First Huddersfield depot

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Helen Schofiled, Bus Station Manager, gave Harvey a grand tour of the station. She said: “When the Golcar Lily Day organisers approached us we thought a tour of the bus station and a look behind the scenes would be good, and when we told our colleagues at First about it, they said they would bring a bus down specially as well for him to have a closer look.”

Craig Turner, Staff Manager at the First Huddersfield depot, drove the First bus down to the station and showed Harvey around the controls. He said:

“We were delighted to help Harvey indulge his passion for buses. He really enjoyed learning about the on-board features and the technology we use to keep services running smoothly.”

At the end of his tour, which included a look at the live digital CCTV screens in the Bus Station’s control room, Harvey was presented with a bag of MCard goodies including a Pink MCard. He also came away from the day with a brand new First jacket.

Harvey really enjoyed his day at the station: “I was very impressed with cameras and how many people use the bus station every day,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. I also loved going on the bus and changing destinations and most of all my First jacket and new bag.”

Harvey’s mum Jean was grateful to both Golcar and the station for arranging the trip: “I was so impressed with the Golcar Lily Day team for arranging this visit and would like to thank Helen and Craig. You really made Harvey’s day.”

Sue Starr, one of the driving forces behind Golcar Lily Day, added: “Harvey came to help us at Golcar Lily Day last year. I can’t begin to tell you what a difference he made. All day long he looked after the village picking up litter and making sure everyone was safe and the village looked at its best all day.

“We were so glad to find this opportunity to thank Harvey properly. We are very grateful to the bus station for their first-class visit.”

Golcar Lily Day is a whole year of fundraising events followed by a weekend of fun and activities. This year, the event takes place on Saturday 9 May.