A retired bus driver celebrated his birthday in style... as a passenger on private double decker bus.
Keith Dunderdale’s family organised the special bus journey to mark his 80th birthday.
The father-of-three, who lives with wife Joan in Old Hall Drive, Bamber Bridge, near Preston was a bus driver for 30 years.
And to mark the special birthday his loving family, with the help of Preston Bus, got their hands on a double decker, decorated it and collected him before taking him on a ride around his old bus route in Ribbleton.
Son-in-law John Gosling, who helped to organise the day, said: “He worked for Preston Bus for 30 years.
“We wanted to do something special for his birthday.
“We did a limo for his wedding anniversary years ago and we thought we could hire a bus.
“I phoned Preston Bus and spoke to John Asquith.
“I chucked the idea at him and he got back to me saying it would be okay to have a bus but they would do it as a thank you gesture for his 30 years of service.
“The bus picked him up from The Poachers in Bamber Bridge, it went through Bamber Bridge and on his old bus route on Gamull Lane, Ribbleton.
“He was a passenger for once in his life.
“The bus driver was someone he used to work with, he was a really nice bloke.”
John, 47, from Leyland, added: “It was a total surprise, he just thought he was being picked up to go for a surprise.
“We did it up with balloons and banners. He was really shocked at first and really overcome. Keith also has nine grandchildren and four grandchildren.
Around 25 members of the family joined with him to celebrate the milestone birthday.
John said: “He loved it. It meant a lot to him. It’s like his life, to have something like that done for him, it meant the world to him.
“John wouldn’t take any money so we asked if Preston Bus had a charity they worked with.
“He said they did some work with St Catherine’s so we decided to make a family donation. We raised £250 for the hospice with a collection.”
John Asquith, operations manager at Preston Bus, said: “I know just from asking around he was a very well-respected individual and he obviously enjoyed his time here.
“I just thought it was the right thing to do, to facilitate something in appreciation for his time with the company.”