Love blossoms after six years on Witch Way X43 bus
A bus driver and passenger who spent six years exchanging friendly glances over the ticket machine are set to marry.
Jarrod Spedding and Charlene Liversidge, from Burnley, first met on the Witch Way X43 bus route but despite taking a shine to each other, nothing happened for years – even though Jarrod used to write his phone number on her bus ticket.
After five or six years the pair finally went on a night out and now three years on they are engaged and planning their dream wedding abroad.
Jarrod (43), who has worked for Transdev for 11 years, said: “I used to get butterflies when I saw Charlene at the bus stop. She got the Witch Way a few times a week.
“I used to write my phone number on her bus pass. Eventually, five or six years on we met up on a night out and hit it off. The rest is history.
“She’s very bubbly, she’s got an outgoing personality. She’s lovely. I know I’m lucky. We haven’t set a date yet but we would love to get married abroad.”
Charlene (33), who works as a carer, added: “I didn’t know his name but whenever I saw him I would tell the girls at work. Now we’re engaged and planning our wedding, it’s just surreal.”
To mark the way they met, the couple had a cake at their engagement party shaped like a bus.
Charlene said: “It was my idea to have something that represented how we met, it’s part of our story. It was a real talking point.”
Richard Jackson, development director at Transdev added: “Everybody at Transdev is very happy for Jarrod and Charlene and we wish them a wonderful future together.”