Youngsters are on the buses after winning a competition

Grace Boyack, Niall Strike and Aaron Smith have won a Stagecoach competition to have their pictures printed on buses.
Grace Boyack, Niall Strike and Aaron Smith have won a Stagecoach competition to have their pictures printed on buses.

They’re on the buses!

A trio of youngsters will be able to spot themselves driving around South Tyneside on the back of Stagecoach buses.

It is great to hear that they enjoy seeing their faces around town and that family and friends can enjoy it too.

Brian Sleightholme, operations manager Stagecoach North East

Grace Boyack, Niall Strike and Aaron Smith won a competition run by the company to have their photographs printed on a new fleet of vehicles.

Mortimer Primary School pupil Aaron, 11, told the company that South Shields is a good town to live in.

He also said he is a regular visitor to South Shields Museum and Art Gallery and Arbeia Roman Fort.

He said: “My gran has been very poorly and in a High Dependency Unit for a long time, and although she is now better, it has really helped cheer her up to see my face on the bus, especially as she is now well enough to travel on the Stagecoach buses with me.”

Two-year-old Grace, Boyack, who attends Horsley Hill Children’s Centre in South Shields, was entered by her mum, Chelsie, who said: “She really enjoyed the photo shoot and posing, and loves seeing her picture on the bus.

“All of our friends and family have seen the bus and we have received lots of nice comments on Facebook.”

Niall, eight, a pupil at Thorney Close Primary School, in Sunderland, also won after being nominated by a family member.

Brian Sleightholme, operations manager for Stagecoach North East’s South Shields depot, said: “We were pleased with the response from the residents of South Shields but Aaron, Niall and Grace were all obvious winners and they had good fun at the photo shoot.

“It is great to hear that they enjoy seeing their faces around town and that family and friends can enjoy it too.

“The colourful buses are fun, helping to highlight the seaside that South Shields is so proud of, and are proving popular with our customers.”