Seaside song celebrates new coastal buses

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Arriva North East’s coastal route was on song when members of a Whitby choir posed as passengers to surprise bus users with a rendition of ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’.

John Fozzard, marketing manager for Arriva North East, said: “Our passengers were great sports when the Whitby Music Centre Choir broke into song on board one of our new seaside route buses.

“People were quite shocked initially but did find it entertaining, and some even joined in!

“It was definitely a fun and unique way to launch our Seasider service for this year.”

Bob Butterfield, head of Whitby Music Centre, said: “On a signal from one of the Arriva people we burst into song.

“I did notice some people joining in, some people were in shock, add others didn’t react, so there was a whole range of reactions.

“I just went down to make up the numbers and look after the children, and the next thing I knew I was sat on the bus singing.

“The kids absolutely loved it.”

The Arriva Seasider video of shocked customers on the 93 route between Middlesbrough and Scarborough can be viewed on YouTube or by clicking News on www.arrivabus.co.uk/north-east.

Whitby Music Centre are hosting an open day at Eskdale School on Saturday 21 May from 10am until 11.30am.

Mr Butterfield added: “We’re after anybody who can sing, play a wind instrument, or can play violin, viola or cello.

“Even if they can just play five notes then they can be in one of our junior bands.”

Residents are now being urged to come up with their own seaside song to be in with a chance of winning a year’s free bus travel.

Mr Fozzard added: “Now we’d like people in East Cleveland and North Yorkshire to compose their own seaside song for our choir to perform.

“The lyrics could be about the scenery between Middlesbrough and Scarborough or relaxing on the beach on a hot summer’s day - we want people to be creative and come up with a memorable song to rival ‘Oh I do like to be beside the seaside’.”

Seaside song entries should be sent, with contact information, to seaside@arriva.co.uk by Sunday 29 May.

The composer of the best song will win a year’s Arriva North East bus ticket, and see their song performed by The Whitby Music Centre Choir.

Were you on the bus when they burst into song?

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