City route for bus record breakers
CHILDREN from Ashford and Shepway helped break a record on Saturday. A total of 241 children from the Kent and Medway Walking Bus walked from Canterbury’s Longmarket through the city centre to the Dane John Gardens.
They were led by the pipe and drum band from the 5th Battalion of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, who are based at the city’s Howe Barracks.
At the bandstand in the Dane John those taking part in the Big Bus event were welcomed by the Lord Mayor, Cllr Cyril Windsor, who said it was encouraging to see so many people involved.
He said. “I would like to see more walking buses going to school because this is the way we must go in the future and it keeps you fit.”
Certificates were handed out to walking bus groups which were celebrating anniversaries.
About 100,000 school runs have been replaced by walking buses over the past year and there are now 80 such schemes in Kent and 2,000 children a week use the service.
After the certificate presentations youngsters enjoyed a treasure hunt which involved them looking for Jack, the road safety character, in shops in the city’s Whitefriars complex.
Children from Mundella School, Folkestone, at the walking bus record attempt