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Bus tribute for Sir Tom Finney

Bus named in memory of Sir Tom Finney

Bus named in memory of Sir Tom Finney

A city bus has been named in memory of Sir Tom Finney.

Preston Bus has named one of their double deckers after the iconic footballer, who died on February 14 at the age of 91.

One of their Wright bodied Volvo B5L hybrids has now been inscribed with the words: “In memory of Sir Tom Finney 1922 - 2014.”

Les Jones, PBL engineering manager, said the bus was chosen for the inscription because the last digit in the fleet number matched the famous number on Sir Tom’s shirt.

He said: “We are proud to make a lasting tribute to Sir Tom.

“His devotion and loyalty to Preston, and his values both as a player and a human being made him a rare breed.

“We chose this bus because the last digit in the fleet number matches Sir Tom’s shirt number, seven.”

The bus is now in general service and can be seen on routes such as 23 and 19A.

Preston Bus hope to show the vehicle off at the bus and coach show at Leyland’s museum of commercial vehicles in April.

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