Chris Peregrine, South Wales Evening Post, 25 April 2014
IN his 45 years behind the wheel of Swansea buses, Peter Nedin clocked up well over a million miles without ever having an accident.
And as a retirement present like no other, the 68-year-old has been given a full size open top double deck bus by First Cymru.
He is not taking it home, though. Peter, from St Thomas, volunteers at Swansea Bus Museum, and his former colleagues thought restoring it would make the ideal hobby.
So Peter, and his fellow volunteers at the museum, will now restore the bus — a Bristol VRT open topper — to its former glory before putting it on display for all to see.
“People had often joked that I should be given a bus because I’d worked for the company so long, but I never actually expected it to happen,” said Peter.
“It was such a shock and a great honour to be told the old open topper would be donated to the museum in my name.
“It’s in really good condition for its age and it’s nice to be able to keep this in the area, helping to celebrate its history.
“I had a fantastic career at First, and a great sending off when I left. I’m now enjoying retirement and wondering how I ever really had the time to go to work.
“I have plenty of little jobs to do around the house and have been enjoying days out here and there, alongside my work at the museum.”
First Cymru managing director Justin Davies said: “It was a sad day for us when Peter left the business. He has been a perfect employee, he’s a brilliant driver and was great with all the customers.
“We recognise though that after 45 years of working for us, five of which have been on a part-time basis, he wanted to spend more time doing the things he loves even more — restoring old buses.
“To help him with this we donated one of our oldest vehicles — which we had recently taken out of our fleet — to the museum in his honour. We hope he gets much fun and enjoyment restoring it back to its former glory.”