New playbus hits the streets

Standing (left to right) Graeme Smith (of Hartlepool Round Table), Mail editor Joy Yates and Families First manager Paul Thompson while Mail head of news Paul Watson and children using the bus look on from the top rear window
Standing (left to right) Graeme Smith (of Hartlepool Round Table), Mail editor Joy Yates and Families First manager Paul Thompson while Mail head of news Paul Watson and children using the bus look on from the top rear window
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PLAYBUS N803 TPK is the best yet.

It is the charitable Hartlepool Families First’s fourth vehicle since the PlayBus scheme was launched in 1990.

It will replace the current Leyland Olympian which has been a faithful servant for eight years but reached the end of the road with gearbox, generator and a host of other mechanical problems.

The Mail launched the Buy A Bus Appeal after the bus struggled to keep to a regular timetable.

It was safe and legal to use as children were only allowed on board while it was static but getting to various loactions around Hartlepool was becoming increasingly difficult.

But the new vehicle, which the charity bought at Stafford Bus Centre, in Stafford, will change all of that.

There is a great deal on board the new PlayBus to keep children entertained for hours.

The downstairs of the bus boasts a fantastic soft play area, toys and family section, an internet ready computer for parents and children.

Upstairs the children can enjoy games and activities, arts and crafts, painting and take part in computerised learning on the new Nintendo Wii.

There is also a toilet and baby changing facility upstairs.

PlayBus playworker Kathy Nicholson, 21, said simply: “It is fantastic and the kids will love it.”

As does everyone who helped raise the money to buy it.

Well done everyone.