Bus name is twin-credible honour

Bus mad two-year old twins Samuel (left) and Jacob Davis have had a Stagecoach bus named after them and paid a visit to the company's Brenda Road depot to see it.

Bus mad two-year old twins Samuel (left) and Jacob Davis have had a Stagecoach bus named after them and paid a visit to the company's Brenda Road depot to see it.

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THESE twins will be elated when they see Stagecoach bus number 39673 travelling round town.

For the single-decker vehicle has been named Samuel Jacob after the adorable Hartlepool two-year-olds Samuel and Jacob Davis.

The siblings are the latest youngsters to have a bus named in their honour by Stagecoach North East bosses.

Company chiefs heard how the pair were bus-mad and will stand outside their home waving at the buses – even in the rain – and won’t come back inside until drivers wave back.

They were invited to the Brenda Road depot for a tour and to meet their new namesake.

The accolade comes just weeks after three-year-old twins Thomas and Henry Craggs, also from the town, had a bus named after them.

Samuel and Jacob, who turned two in January, know the Craggs twins from a toddler group they attend.

Samuel and Jacob’s mum, Rachel Davis, 33, saw the article and was urged by the twins’ grandparents, Jean and Dennis Wardrop, to contact Stagecoach to inform them of how her sons were crazy about buses.

In an email to the company, she wrote: “The boys were two in January and Sam in particular has a passion for buses and insists on standing on the path near our house to watch the buses go past.

“He is elated when the drivers take the time to wave at him.

“We have trouble getting Sam to come away from the path and go into the house. He will even stand there in pouring rain.” Rachel said the boys had loved buses since they were 18 months old.

Rachel, from Clavering Road, added: “Sam will stand and wave furiously, saying ‘driver, wave!’ and they light up when they get a wave back.”

Rachel, who works as a claims manager for a multi-modal chemical logistics company, and is married to Gareth, 30, an Asda warehouse transport manager, added that the boys’ toys are also vehicle-related.

“Even though we have a car, we take them on the bus every now and again,” she said.

“They just love the whole thing of getting on and sitting there, watching the world go by.

“I think it’s brilliant that they have this bus named after them, the whole family do.

“It will be something for them for when they get older.

“They are a little bit young to comprehend now but when I told them they were going to see their bus, they kept on saying ‘my bus, my bus’.”

She said she hoped Stagecoach would assign the name to the number 6 bus, which passes their house.

Stagecoach’s Hartlepool depot operations manager, Sandy Gallacher, said: “We are always looking for ways to engage with the community and are really pleased that people of every age enjoy the whole public travel experience.”

“It’s great to be able to give the boys something back by naming the buses after them and we look forward to seeing them on our services in the future.”