Jonathan’s drive gets him to Black­pool

The Wokingham Paper - - NEWS -

A BUS driver from Spencers Wood en­joy a visit to Black­pool re­cently.

But Jonathan Berkolds was not there to watch Strictly in the ball­room: he was on hand to show­case his driv­ing skills.

The Read­ing Buses driver was com­pet­ing in the na­tional bus driver of the year con­test in the pop­u­lar sea­side re­sort.

Sadly it wasn’t a case of kiss me quick, and squeeze me slowly as he fin­ished 37th out of the 92 en­trants.

The 31-year-old’s ticket to en­try was be­ing a run­ner-up in Read­ing Buses’ in­ter­nal com­pe­ti­tion.

He was sup­ported at the event by mem­bers of the com­pany’s train­ing acad­emy.

Mr Berkolds (pic­tured left) has been part of the Read­ing Buses team for four years and the com­pany couldn’t be prouder of him.

Caro­line An­scombe, Read­ing Buses HR Di­rec­tor, said: “This com­pe­ti­tion is one of the tough­est in the in­dus­try so for Jonathan to be around the top third in the coun­try is a mas­sive achieve­ment at his first at­tempt.

“He kept calm all the way through the com­pe­ti­tion and man­aged to per­form ex­cep­tion­ally well.

“He has done us proud and we look for­ward to see­ing if he can qual­ify for next year and still fur­ther im­prove his per­for­mance.”

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