Naomie ready to call 'fares please' on 'Betty'

Bus owner, Andrew Mudie (left) with driver, Jim Singh and conductor, Naomie Garner.
Bus owner, Andrew Mudie (left) with driver, Jim Singh and conductor, Naomie Garner.

Naomie Garner is loving her new role as The London Bus' first female conductor.

The bus, nicknamed 'Betty', was the last of London's Route Masters which regularly plied the Trafalgar Square run and will start its new career in Byron Bay next week, taking passengers on scenic and luncheon tours, as well as being a venue for weddings and other special occasions.

Mrs Garner, of Suffolk Park, used to be a veterinary nurse and a chance meeting with the bus' owner Andrew Mudie, also of Suffolk Park, landed her a new career.

“I love it,” she said.

“I have worked in the hospitality industry before and this is such a unique opportunity.

“Last week we took a bridal party up to the Byron Bay Lighthouse and they had a ball and the bus drew such attention from other tourists while we were up there.

"It was wonderful.”

The bus driver will be Jim Singh, of The Pocket, who is a veteran of local school bus rounds.

Mr Singh said he could not wait to get behind the wheel.

“One of the parents of the children I take to school showed me the advertisement and here I am,” he said.

Mr Mudie said the bus was a celebrity in it's own right, having appeared in an episode of Doctor Who and in a British documentary.

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