Since the book was published it has been amazing how many people the Playbus helped over the years.
The information within the book was never really read cover to cover.
Most of the book was about the photographic record and eventually these photographs took on the chapters and the organisation.
Once it was written I would now be able to show the finished book. I have often said to the children I taught. “It is not a book you would read ‘cover to cover’ it is an information book and like all information books you can dip in and out to the relevant bits that you are interested in.”
“However, I can show you the photographs and tell you about them.”
With some classes I could show the different types of buses we had used over our work but also buses from all over the country
Sometimes I would tell them how I made a mistake and called it ‘Bewbush’ Playbus when in fact it belonged to the whole of the town and was actually once named ‘Supersonic Bus’.
What it was, what it did and where it went.
I told a few stories which eventually led to the writing of the fictional tale ‘Jay-Jay the Supersonic Bus’. Again I thought the story would be the main part but the children loved to hear the background to the real Jay-Jay. Where did my story writing ideas come from and was it real?
After the book came out comments were left and I have received many comments from those who knew or remembered the bus.
Bewbush Playbus Book Comments
“I loved working on the Playbus.” Vidya.
“The Playbus taught me to talk. I would never speak because I was so shy and the Playbus eventually brought me out of my shell.” Nikki.
“There are so many lovely memories re-kindled by the Playbus book.” Anne.
“What a fantastic tribute to the Bewbush Playbus it has brought a huge smile from within.” Brigida.
“I was sorry to see the end of the Playbus and I’m pleased to see a book published about it. Its nice to see all the photographs.” J.
“What a beautiful book. The pages leap out to you and bring back memories, the main one being the slide!” Charlotte.
“The Playbus was a great part of mine and my brother’s childhood.” Laila.
“It was my saviour as a single parent.” Annar.
“We still talk about it.” Jackie.
Where to get my books
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