Wrightbus staff form guard of honour in tribute to Sir William

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The life of the founder of Wrightbus was honoured by current employees as well as the wider community at his funeral on 28 July

Hundreds of Wrightbus employees formed a guard of honour outside the Ballymena factory in tribute to Sir William Wright, whose funeral was held on Wednesday 28 July. Management and factory staff joined forces in huge numbers to pay their respects as Sir William’s funeral cortège passed by.

The company said that tributes had poured in from across the world following the death of the 94-year-old the previous weekend, with politicians, civic leaders, business people and community figureheads all recognising Sir Wiliam’s impact.

Wrightbus Executive Chairman Jo Bamford praised his legacy, saying he created the platform for a business which was now leading the world. His comments were echoed by Wrightbus Chief Executive Buta Atwal who said the guard of honour was a fitting tribute to a man who had put Wrightbus on the map. “Everyone here at Wrightbus has been saddened by the death of Sir William but they were determined to pay their respects,” he explained. “The guard of honour was our way of thanking him for what he’s done for this business and this whole area, and we hope the family recognise that we will never forget the legacy he has left behind.”

Staff from the company’s Ballymena factory formed a guard of honour for founder Sir William Wright’s funeral cortège. WRIGHTBUS