Depot tour was ‘Disneyland’ for eight-year-old Leeds bus fan

Joshua Craven with bus driver Steve Lamb pictured at First Bus, Hunslet Park Depot. PIC: Simon Hulme
Joshua Craven with bus driver Steve Lamb pictured at First Bus, Hunslet Park Depot. PIC: Simon Hulme
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A LEEDS boy was thrilled to be invited on a tour of the First Bus depot in Leeds after a story about one driver’s kindness went viral.

Eight-year-old Joshua Craven, who has learning difficulties, has been a big fan of buses since he was a toddler.

Joshua Craven pictured at First Bus, Hunslet Park Depot, Leeds..15th August 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Joshua Craven pictured at First Bus, Hunslet Park Depot, Leeds..15th August 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

A First Leeds bus driver made Joshua’s day during a journey on a First double-decker earlier this month with parents Dave and Kate; sister Evelyn, four, and six-year-old brother Oliver, who also has special needs.

The driver let Joshua wear his First West Yorkshire tie while on board.

The youngster, from Middleton, was even allowed to read a time sheet issued to staff during the journey while the kind-hearted employee talked to him about bus operations.

Joshua’s parents were touched that the driver had taken time out for their son and posted Facebook appeal to trace and thank him.

Joshua Craven pictured at First Bus, Hunslet Park Depot, Leeds..15th August 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

Joshua Craven pictured at First Bus, Hunslet Park Depot, Leeds..15th August 2017 ..Picture by Simon Hulme

The post got more than 2,000 likes and First contacted he family to invite Josh to meet driver Steve Lamb and tour the depot.

Mum Kate, said: “They sent a minibus to pick us up and when we got the depot there was a bus with a message on the front which read ‘First welcomes Josh to Hunslet Park.’

“Joshua was really excited. He thought it was Disneyland and just absolutely loved it.

“It was amazing for Josh to get a tour of the depot. All I wanted to do was thank the guy and give him some recognition.”

A spokeswoman for First Leeds, said: “We always encourage our drivers to go above and beyond and so it’s great when we hear positive feedback from our customers.”

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