A BUS driver has parked his vehicle for the last time after 50 years on the road.
Sid Forbes, 77, of Thistleton Road, Market Overton, first started driving buses for Blands in Cottesmore but when the company folded in the late 90s he moved to Nesbit Bros Coaches in Somerby.
He said: “I was supposed to retire when I was 65 but I kept on going.
“I won’t be catching the bus. I haven’t even got a bus pass. I thought it would be cheeky to apply for one while I was still driving one.”
Sid was born and raised in Aberdeenshire in Scotland but moved to Rutland when he was stationed at RAF Cottesmore when he was aged 18.
A couple of years after that he did odd jobs before signing up to be a bus driver in 1962.
He said: “When I was young I always wanted to be a bus driver. I used to have a friend who was a farmer and he used to go to market on a old bus and I used to go with him. I thought I wouldn’t mind driving a bus.
“What kept me here was girls.”
He married his late wife Jennifer, whose parents he lodged with in Market Overton when he came out of the RAF, and has lived in the village ever since.
They have two sons Alistair and Mark, four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
When he was working for Blands, Sid used to do a lot of continental runs for pupils at Casterton Community College.
He said: “I used to know a lot of the teachers and I have always enjoyed working with children.
“My friend told me off because I never kept a diary of the things I did.
“I had some great times. I loved Germany and I have some great memories from trips there. I couldn’t pick just one.”
Sid’s last shift was on Friday morning when he did the Melton to Catmose College school run. He said: “I don’t even think they knew it was my last shift.”
Sid says he has only given up his job because it was getting harder and harder to pass his medical examination each year.
He added: “Last year I told myself I’d make it to 50 years and then I’d stop. And I’ve done it.”
With his new found freedom Sid intends to carry on playing bowls in Market Overton and will continue to drive.
He said: “I drive up to see my sister in Aberdeenshire every year.
“I love driving. It has been a big part of my life and I’ll continue to do it as long as I can.
“I’d like to thank Nesbit’s because they gave me a job 15 years ago when I was made redundant. I really appreciated it.”