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.