Its been a fare old career Bill 83 retires as a StokeonTrent

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA bus driver believed to be the oldest in Britain has taken his final fare – at the age of 83. Bill Whittaker, from Birches Head, has been forced to step down from his role with D&G Buses due to illness after working as a driver for 45 years. Prior to that he had worked up to 56 hours a week over six days in a job he loved and felt was more of a ‘hobby’. Now colleagues and members of Bill’s family have recognised his hard work at a special retirement presentation at the D&G bus depot on Mossfield Road in Adderley Green. He was presented with an engraved gold Rotary watch, a thank you card signed by all those who worked with him and cash from a collection. Bill Whittaker with a bus from the Potteries Omnibus Preservation Society Bill said: “I feel fine and would have carried on driving if it wasn’t for my illness. “I will miss all of my colleagues and bus passengers. They were always pleased to get on my bus and I had passengers who told me they’d rather ride with me than with anyone else. “I loved my job, it was my hobby and I got paid for enjoying myself.” Read MoreGirl branded ‘hungry hippo’ with ‘more rolls than Greggs’ by spiteful lad on Tinder – because she rejected him   Bill was originally an Army recovery specialist and first found his love of driving when he passed his test in 1957 – in a three tonne Army truck. He travelled across Asia with the Army, spending time in Borneo and Malaysia. Bill even taught the Gurkhas how to drive. The grandad-of-nine and great-grandad-of-two then moved on to the buses – beginning his career with Jones Coachways. Bill Whittaker, 81, received a farewell card from his colleagues at D&G. In 2002, Bill moved to Wardle which was managed by Keith Stanton, who now owns the bus company, Stantons of Stoke. Bill continued to work there through management changes to Arriva which is now owned by D&G. The dad-of-three has survived three operations to remove cancer from his bottom lip in 2000, his neck in 2001 and his nose in 2016. Read MoreThese are the 200 secret words kids are using online which parents need to know about   It is thought Bill could be the oldest bus driver in Britain after a 76-year-old previously came forward to claim the mark. D&G assistant manager Lee Bowditch said the company will miss Bill greatly. Lee from Chell said: “He’s one of those drivers who knew all the routes. “Bill is one of the best drivers we’ve had and that’s why we wanted to do all of this. He is one of the good ones and full of stories.” Colleague Steve Mellor, from Stoke, added: “I see him as a dad. Bill is such a kind-hearted fella and always goes the extra mile. “I see him as one of the family and I’m going to miss him so much. “He’s going to be really sadly missed by everyone here.” Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Driver named following fatal collisioncenter_img Police search for missing woman Punter found hiding in bushes Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us    @SOTLive    or message us on    our Facebook page  . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at    StokeonTrentLive  .last_img read more

Police hunting driver following hitandrun on A500

first_imgDad slams ‘disgusting’ hospital window Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice are hoping to trace a driver who fled following a traffic accident near a busy roundabout on the A500. The collision, which involved a car and a lorry, took place at around 9am on Wednesday (June 19) near Cheerbrook roundabout near Nantwich. The driver of the car, a red Volkswagen Touran, got out and fled in a light blue car. Cheshire Police say they are continuing to investigate the incident, and urged anyone with infiormation or dashcam footage to contact them. Police said the driver who fled has been described as an Asian man estimated to be in his 30s and around 5’ 8” tall. He had medium length hair and short facial hair and was wearing dark blue overalls. PC Sadie Bowen said: “Thankfully no-one is believed to have been injured as a result of the incident but fleeing from the scene of a collision is a serious offence and we are committed to doing all that we can to trace the man who was driving the VW Touran. Read MoreDriver caught using phone at traffic lights – after pulling up next to police carrier   “As part of the investigation we are urging anyone who was in the area and witnessed the incident, or anything else that may aid our investigation, to come forward. “The same goes for anyone who believes they may who was driving the VW Touran. “We would also like to hear from anyone with dashcam footage who was driving on the A500 between the Weston Gate roundabout and the Cheerbrook roundabout. They may have footage of the incident or of the man who was driving the VW Touran fleeing the scene.” Anyone with information or dashcam footage that may be relevant to the investigation should call Cheshire Constabulary on 101, quoting IML 432133. Alternatively you can submit information online via https://www.cheshire.police.uk/contact/general-enquiries. Dashcam footage can also be submitted online, at www.cheshire.police.uk/advice-and-support/roads-and-vehicle-safety/submit-dashcam-footage. Read MoreTop stories on StokeonTrentLive Punter found hiding in bushes Follow StokeonTrentLive Download our app – You can download our free app for iPhone and iPad from Apple’s App Store, or get the Android version from Google Play.  Follow StokeonTrentLive on Facebook – Like our Facebook page to get the latest news in your feed and join in the lively discussions in the comments. Click here to give it a like! Follow us on Twitter – For breaking news and the latest stories, click here to follow SOTLive on Twitter. Follow us on Instagram – Featuring pictures past and present from across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire – and if you tag us in your posts, we could repost your picture on our page! We also put the latest news in our Instagram Stories. Click here to follow StokeonTrentLive on Instagram.center_img Police search for missing woman Driver named following fatal collisionlast_img read more

Olifantskop Dam near Ladysmith to be dredged to increase capacity

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite The morning of Monday, June 19, uThukela District Municipality took to the communities of Waaihoek and Ekuvukeni to address these communities about water-related issues pertaining to Olifantskop Dam.The first meeting commenced at Rockville Community Hall in Nazareth, where the main issue was about the muddy dam overflowing, which limits access to the water.Cllr Thuli Shabalala admitted that the municipality is aware of the issue, but due to the capacity of the work and proper protocol, such as financial viability that needs to be taken into consideration, members of the community need to be patient.Cllr Shabalala told the audience that the process of removing the silt will take place in phases.The project will work as follows: the dredging and clearing up of the silt in the dam, repair the plant, removal of asbestos pipes and the installation of new pipes to handle the capacity of the community.A contractor to undertake the whole project was then introduced to the community. The Mayibuye Construction company has been awarded a tender to carry out the project.Mr Lungile Mbuyisane informed the community that the project would take approximately four months to complete, which is due to commence in 21 days’ time.The community was concerned about water tankers that distribute water in the area as a temporary relief measure. They said they want to be supplied with large-capacity water tankers, as the community is very vast and scattered. Their concern was acknowledged by the leadership.The second meeting was held with the community of Ekuvukeni, whereby uThukela District Deputy Mayor Nombali Sibiya addressed the community. The deputy mayor stated that the Olifantskop Dam was initially intended for just a small number of people, but due to the ever increasing numbers of the community, the dam could not handle the capacity and resulted in the current problem.“Funding has already been made available to the value of R131 million and of that amount, about R30 million will be for the actual project,” said Cllr Sibiya.For compliance purposes, a safety officer will be available on site from the beginning of the project. The project will bring about potential temporary employment opportunities for the local community. Other details will be discussed and communicated back to the community once the plan is in action.Click to receive news links via WhatsApp. Or  for the latest news, visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter. Join us there!last_img read more