A bus owned by a businessman in the Moorlands took part in the prestigious pageant in London as part of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the weekend. And Keith Stanton, of Stantons of Stoke, also had the honour of driving his bus, which had 15 celebrities on board, down The Mall to drive-past Buckingham Palace for the special occasion on Sunday (June 5).
A bus owned by a businessman in the Moorlands took part in the prestigious pageant in London as part of HM The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations at the weekend.
And Keith Stanton, of Stantons of Stoke, also had the honour of driving his bus, which had 15 celebrities on board, down The Mall to drive-past Buckingham Palace for the special occasion on Sunday (June 5).
The bus was used to represent the 1970s decade and was decorated in the capital itself for the event.
Keith, who lives in Cheadle, told the Times & Echo: “I was immensely proud to be a part of the event, I have never seenLondon so busy in my life.
“Before the weekend the biggest event I have driven any of our buses at was for when Adam Peaty came back to Uttoxeter after the Olympics.”
Keith explained that he had the bus towed down to London last week for it to be decorated ready for the pageant.
He said: “I had it towed down as it can only go at 42 miles an hour.”
Keith explained that the bus has now been put back to it’s old self with all the Jubilee décor now removed.
He said: “That was part of the deal, to have the bus de-branded before leaving London.
“My bus was used last minute. The organisers had already got the buses sorted but then one had engine failure so the organisers, who knew about my bus contacted me.
“We had been working on it so it was then a ‘working round the clock job’ to get it ready to be used for the pageant.”
The celebrities who boarded Keith’s bus were: Angela Rippon, Chris Tarrant, Christine Stape, Craig Charles, Debbie McGee, Dame Esther Rantzen, Heather Small, John Craven, Johnny Ball, Lorraine Chase, Neville Staple, Noddy Holder, Patrick Mower, Rick Stein, and Shirley Ballas.
Keith greeted all 15 of them as they boarded his bus.
Keith said he especially enjoyed meeting Heather Small from the music band M People.
He said: “It was great to meet her and all of the stars on board our bus.
“Craig Charles stole the show as he was Mc’ing on our bus.”
And it wasn’t just the stars on his bus that Keith got to meet, as he met others on board the other ‘decade’ buses too – including Basil Brush and Sir Cliff Richard.
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