Daniel’s name is on the buses

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A TEENAGER with autism had an open top City Sightseeing bus named after him, to recognise the more than 70 tours around Stratford-upon-Avon and Wilmcote he has completed in the past 12 years.

The bus, which operates from the Stratford depot of Stagecoach Midlands, has been named after 18-yearold Daniel Higgs.

Daniel and his grandparents, Graham and Hazel, have made the journey from Hall Green in Birmingham, where they live, to Stratford every school holiday — about six times a year.

Whatever the weather, they ride on the top deck of the open top bus, which visits all five Shakespeare houses, as repetitive activities are foremost in Daniel’s daily routines.

Graham’s cousin, Paul Stanton, had approached Stagecoach Midlands to ask if something could be done to mark this unique achievement. And on Friday, 19th February, the bus waiting for them had a sign with Daniel Higgs on the front and above the entrance door of the bus.

It is the first time that a City Sightseeing bus has been named. Richard Hands, operations manager for the Stratford depot, and assistant operations manager, Zoe Stilgoe, met them on the day and presented them with a free ticket for the tour and a voucher for their next visit.

Richard said: “Daniel was very excited and eager to get to his favourite seat upstairs at the back of the bus. It was his first tour of the year.”

After completing the tour, Daniel also made his usual visit to McDonald’s, but only after the family stayed for photos to be taken to record the event.

Graham said: “It was a complete surprise to us to find the bus has been named after Daniel. “He was very pleased. It is a fantastic thing that Stagecoach has done.

“Daniel loves looking at buses and in particular riding on an open top bus.”