Reading Buses prepares to open its doors for annual open day

Event will take place at its Great Knolly Street depot on Sunday, June 30

THIS Sunday, the depot of Reading Buses will become a playground as the company hosts its annual open day.

Entry is free and there will be all the popular attractions including rides through the bus wash, open top rides, behind the scenes tours of the control room, workshop and tech lab, a variety of stalls, face painting, sports activities and food and drink.

Organisers are hoping that it will top last year’s £9,000 raised for charity. This year it is aiding Cancer Research Kids & Teens.

And to help people get to the Great Knollys Street venue, a free shuttle service will operate from Reading town centre. The service starts at 10.40am.

Reading Buses Chief Executive Robert Williams said: “We are always excited to open our doors to the people of Reading – and beyond! – and show them what we do.

“The day is always very popular and we cater for families, enthusiasts or just people who want to see what a bus company actually does.

“We are grateful to our volunteers on the day who are formed by our employees and friends of the company – from individuals to a large contingent from the Forgotten British Gurkha who have supported us tirelessly over the last few years.

“We are also massively grateful to our sponsors, currently Ticketer, Synectics and Optare, who have all given generously to help pay for some of the costs on the day, allowing us to give more money to our charity.”

Robert added: “If any local businesses would like to help sponsor the day, they can email our customer services team customerservices@reading-buses.co.uk who will pass their details on to the relevant member of our team to run through the options of sponsorship.”

Phil Creighton

Editor of The Wokingham Paper, and has worked in local journalism for more than 20 years including the Wokingham Times, Bracknell Standard and Reading Evening Post. He's also written for computer magazines, The Baptist Times and, to his delight and probably not yours, interviewed several Doctor Whos.

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