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Bus driver shares his tales of life on the road

BUS TALES ... Tom Beaumont with his book The Accidental Bus Driver.

BUS TALES ... Tom Beaumont with his book The Accidental Bus Driver.

A FORMER South Shields bus driver is sharing his tales from behind the wheel.

Thomas Beaumont, 52, has seen his collection of stories, entitled The Accidental Bus Driver, published.

The dad-of-two, who became a bus driver in 1996, worked on both coach trips and public transport buses.

He says his book is a view from the seat at the front and an observation of the extraordinary things that happen aboard what he calls our “most-loved form of public transport”.

Mr Beaumont, who lives in Riding Mill, Northumberland, and now drives part-time, said: “I’ve driven every type of bus and all over the place, but the North East is an amazing place to drive, and South Shields is so lovely.

“In my book, I tell funny stories about things that I’ve seen and heard while driving buses. When driving around Shields, whenever I got a 45-minute break, I’d always go for a quick swim in the sea and grab a coffee or an ice cream.

“Once while driving past the Roman Fort, I saw a Gazette poster outside a newsagent’s that said ‘Shields man found with drugs in his underpants’ and I thought it was hilarious. I had passengers on the bus, so I was a bit naughty. I pulled over and went into the shop to ask for it. It’s framed now and hanging in the lavatory at home. I see it every morning and it makes me laugh.”

“I think the buses are a part of our history, and I hope people have a laugh when they read my stories.”

The Accidental Bus Driver, published by Vacker Berg Bocker, is available from all good book stores for £12.99.

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