Stonehaven bus driver retires after 37 years

BRYAN RENDALL (third left) presents Alistair Ross with a retirement gift of vouchers and a bottle of malt whisky on his 65th birthday last Wednesday.

BRYAN RENDALL (third left) presents Alistair Ross with a retirement gift of vouchers and a bottle of malt whisky on his 65th birthday last Wednesday.

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a STONEHAVEN bus driver celebrated his retirement last Wednesday after 37 years ‘doing the rounds’ on the buses.

Alastair Ross, of Taylor Crescent, was met by colleagues both past and present following his final shift, and presented with vouchers and a bottle of malt whisky to mark the occasion.

Mr Ross, who worked as a farmhand upon leaving school, joined W.Alexander Buses as a trainee driver/conductor in March 1974.

Richard Morrice, from Stagecoach, said: “All the drivers and myslef will miss this very quiet man who never seems to be up nor down. However he has decided to come back for the occasional shift just to keep his hand in.

“Over the years Ally has seen many changes with the bus industry being nationalised in 1985, then in 1990 being renamed Stagecoach, before becoming Stagecoach Bluebird in 1991.

“Ally has driven some amazing buses in his 37 years of continual service.”

Mr Ross hopes to make the most of his retirement by spending more time with his wife, children and grandchildren, and he hopes to return to his favourite holiday destination of South Africa for a “nice relaxed holiday”.