City route for bus record break­ers

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - OPINION - by Sian Napier

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.

Pic­ture: Chris Davey pd 1210705

Chil­dren from Mun­della School, Folkestone, at the walk­ing bus record at­tempt

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