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A WEYMOUTH coach company who will be celebrating 95 years in business this year have been shortlisted in the British Coach Tourism Awards in the Coach Tour Operator – Medium Fleet category.   The winners will be announced at a gala dinner and presentation evening which will take place on Wednesday 20 March at the National Motorcycle Museum, Birmingham.

The event promises to be a spectacular evening, with a black-tie gala dinner with celebrity host Carol Vorderman MBE and first class entertainment.

The British Coach Tourism Awards are coveted within the industry.  Each year the panel of expert judges assess the very best coach tour operators in the business, along with the most coach-friendly attractions, destinations, hotels and suppliers. Winners of the awards are considered as the industry’s elite by the entire coach sector and ultimately set the bar for standards of excellence.

Managing Director Martyn Hoare said “Bluebird Coaches success is mainly due to its ‘family-feel’, fantastic staff and drivers.  I am extremely proud to have been nominated for this national award and we are over the moon to have reached the final 5 in this competition.  Four generations of the Hoare family have been involved in the running of the company, which started in 1924, when my grandfather, Fredrick Cecil Hoare started a coach business on Portland using a small Fiat vehicle.   I am very proud to see my daughter Gemma join the company, as Commercial Manager continuing the Bluebird name into the future.”    Bluebird Coaches operate from a booking office on the Esplanade and the coach base in Chickerell.

The other four finalists are:   Crusader Holidays of Twickenham, Kirbys Coaches of Rayleigh, United Minibuses & Coaches of Crawley and Woods Travel of Bognor Regis.  For more information call Bluebird Coaches on 01305 782353.

Main Photo : Gemma Hoare, Commercial Manager with one of the Bluebird fleet ( supplied by Bluebird Coaches)

Paul Appleby
Author: Paul Appleby