What does it take to get on the front of one of Brighton and Hove's buses?

Roger French

Maggie King

Adam Trimingham

Bernard Holden

Derek Jameson

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Where else but in Brighton and Hove would you expect Virginia Woolf to cross paths with Sir Norman Wisdom or King Charles II to come face to face with Cardinal Newman?

The names adorning the front of the Brighton and Hove Bus and Coach Company’s fleet are a vivid reminder of the city’s rich history.

The scheme was the brainchild of the company’s operations director Paul Williams.

He first suggested naming the buses after prominent landmarks but this evolved into honouring the people who have made the area so vibrant and varied.

After all, you wouldn’t want to jump on a bus with Devil’s Dyke on the front, only to find it actually took you Saltdean Lido.

The main criterion for inclusion in this roll of fame is a slightly mournful one – you have to be dead for at least a year.

Two, happily living exceptions to this rule include The Argus columnist Adam Trimingham, honoured for his outstanding work in researching the background history for the company, and Roger French who received the honour, for a limited time, on his retirement in 2012.

Last year more than 30 names were added to the fleet. BBC broadcaster and Fleet Street editor Derek Jameson was added to the Number 5 bus route in November.

The East End boy who rose to the top of his chosen profession lived for many years in Western Esplanade in Hove – know as Millionaire’s Row.

He kept his hand in the journalist trade, writing regularly for The Argus.

He began work in Fleet Street as a messenger boy at the age of 14 and rose through the ranks to edit some of Britain’s biggest newspapers.

He developed a reputation as a builder of circulation and, asked to launch the Daily Star – the first new national tabloid for 75 years – he took it to more than a million copies within a year.

He also put on half a million readers at the Daily Express.

At his funeral in Worthing, his widow Ellen said: “He was an incredible character, I never forgot Derek was an extraordinary man and a one-off. He was the perfect example of a man who lived life to the full.”

Also honoured last year was Jeff Keen, a groundbreaking film maker and artist who worked for many years |as a landscape gardener with Brighton Council.

Recent retrospectives of his work at the Brighton Museum and Art Gallery and at the Tate in London revealed a startling, dramatic and often funny talent.

His obituary in The Guardian newspaper noted: “Keen’s interest in myth, surrealism and romantic painting complemented his love of movies and comics, and he continually absorbed new references into his work.

"His highly frenetic videos of the 1990s included homages to Apocalypse Now, Rambo and Predator as well as Budd Boetticher westerns...

"The extreme, short edits in his playful, visceral films have helped to keep his work fresh and alive; they still zap with energy decades later.”

In June, the name of Maggie King was added to the Number 5 fleet.

A regular contributor to The Argus letters page, Maggie King was an indomitable presence in the Brighton tenants movement.

She was a lifelong member and senior representative of the GMB union and a tenant representative on Brighton and Hove City Council.

She also fostered sick children, supported a number of local charities, including Brighton Lions, and worked with the East Sussex Credit Union.

Mrs King worked at Bevendean Hospital and Brighton General Hospital before becoming a qualified clinical tutor.

Following her death in 2011, family and friends joined the then-Brighton and Hove mayor Anne Meadows and ward councillor Geoffrey Bowden at a tree planting in her honour at the peace park in Dorset Gardens, Brighton.

A railway enthusiast who preserved one of the country’s best-loved heritage lines was also among those to have bus named in their memory this year.

 

The Argus: Bernard Holden

 

Bluebell Railway founder Bernard Holden died last year aged 104, weeks before his project to restore the Sheffield Park to East Grinstead line saw a successful conclusion.

Mr Holden’s grandson Jim described it as a “huge honour”. He said: “It was a really pleasant surprise, we’re all bowled over. He would have been delighted.”

Mr Holden, who was born in Barcombe station in 1908, worked on the railways all his life – including a stint in India during the war. In the 1950s he started work on restoring the line between Sheffield Park and Horsted Keynes and so the Bluebell Railway was born.

Over the past half a century the line has been enjoyed by hundreds of thou- sands, with 700 volunteers currently on the books.

Alan Randall, who is best known for founding sports centre Yellowave, was also chosen this year.

After retiring from the head of hospitals in Worthing and Eastbourne, Mr Randall set up Yellowave beach and sports centre in Madeira Drive, Brighton.

Mr Randall joined Brighton Health Authority before becoming chief executive of the trust running Worthing Hospital and Southlands Hospital in Shoreham.

During his time, he oversaw a multi-million pound rebuild at Worthing. His final posting was at Eastbourne where the NHS asked him to carry out improvements before he retired.

He founded Yellowave in 2007 with his daughter Katie and son-in-law Spencer Mintram.

Among other names appearing on the front of the city’s buses lastyear were former mayor of Peacehaven, Chris Ogden, trade unionist George Haines, and David Watkin, best-known for the opening sequence of the films Chariots of Fire and the Oscar-winning movie Out of Africa.

Click here for a full list of the names featured on the front of Brighton and Hove buses.

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2:36pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Crystal Ball says...

Run in front of one?
Run in front of one? Crystal Ball
  • Score: 6

2:45pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Crystal Ball wrote:
Run in front of one?
Yes with your back to it
[quote][p][bold]Crystal Ball[/bold] wrote: Run in front of one?[/p][/quote]Yes with your back to it Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

2:52pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Took Virginia Woolf longer to get on front of a bus than she actually lived in real life.
Took Virginia Woolf longer to get on front of a bus than she actually lived in real life. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 0

2:55pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Took Virginia Woolf longer to get on front of a bus than she actually lived in real life.
Although Charles the second took longer but he'd never seen a bus.
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: Took Virginia Woolf longer to get on front of a bus than she actually lived in real life.[/p][/quote]Although Charles the second took longer but he'd never seen a bus. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 2

3:40pm Tue 7 Jan 14

DoomClown says...

Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Telscombe Cliffy wrote:
Took Virginia Woolf longer to get on front of a bus than she actually lived in real life.
Although Charles the second took longer but he'd never seen a bus.
is cause his arm made of ham???
[quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Telscombe Cliffy[/bold] wrote: Took Virginia Woolf longer to get on front of a bus than she actually lived in real life.[/p][/quote]Although Charles the second took longer but he'd never seen a bus.[/p][/quote]is cause his arm made of ham??? DoomClown
  • Score: 1

4:05pm Tue 7 Jan 14

The Prophet of Doom says...

If a prerequisite to having your name on a bus is "being dead for at least a year" then shouldn't every bus have a BHCC manager's name on it?
If a prerequisite to having your name on a bus is "being dead for at least a year" then shouldn't every bus have a BHCC manager's name on it? The Prophet of Doom
  • Score: 0

4:29pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Boloney-marshal says...

To be honest I don't think anyone cares what name a bus has on its frontage, grow up, it's a bit of machinery.
To be honest I don't think anyone cares what name a bus has on its frontage, grow up, it's a bit of machinery. Boloney-marshal
  • Score: -4

5:53pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Telscombe Cliffy says...

It works the other way round you know. My mother-in- law looked like the back of a bus.
It works the other way round you know. My mother-in- law looked like the back of a bus. Telscombe Cliffy
  • Score: 3

5:57pm Tue 7 Jan 14

s&k says...

Can we have Blakey from On the Buses on one? "I hate you, Kitkat..! Aaaah"
Can we have Blakey from On the Buses on one? "I hate you, Kitkat..! Aaaah" s&k
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Shonky says...

I've got around it by changing my name by deed poll to Hangleton 5B
I've got around it by changing my name by deed poll to Hangleton 5B Shonky
  • Score: 9

8:06pm Tue 7 Jan 14

Sussex jim says...

What about John Rastrick, the engineer who built the railway from London to Brighton: effectively allowing it to grow into the sizeable town we have today?
I do not recall seeing his name on a bus.
What about John Rastrick, the engineer who built the railway from London to Brighton: effectively allowing it to grow into the sizeable town we have today? I do not recall seeing his name on a bus. Sussex jim
  • Score: 6

10:48pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ourcoalition says...

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As for putting names on buses - George Cooper, local Trade Unionist, active until well into his 80's, for his Union, the Trades Council, and all progressive causes - he gets my vote!
[quote][p][bold]Sacha00[/bold] wrote: my classmate's half-sister makes Dollar 81/hour on the internet. She has been without work for ten months but last month her paycheck was Dollar 15015 just working on the internet for a few hours. navigate to this site>>> WWW.BAY90.COM ♥♥♥♥♥♥ � �♥♥♥♥♥ � ��♥♥♥♥ ♥ ♥♥♥♥[/p][/quote]Con site - check it out on the internet - its a scam!!! As for putting names on buses - George Cooper, local Trade Unionist, active until well into his 80's, for his Union, the Trades Council, and all progressive causes - he gets my vote! ourcoalition
  • Score: 0

11:54pm Tue 7 Jan 14

ghost bus driver says...

Sussex jim wrote:
What about John Rastrick, the engineer who built the railway from London to Brighton: effectively allowing it to grow into the sizeable town we have today?
I do not recall seeing his name on a bus.
He's on bus 875, usually found on the 2/2A
[quote][p][bold]Sussex jim[/bold] wrote: What about John Rastrick, the engineer who built the railway from London to Brighton: effectively allowing it to grow into the sizeable town we have today? I do not recall seeing his name on a bus.[/p][/quote]He's on bus 875, usually found on the 2/2A ghost bus driver
  • Score: 4

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