Children from St Blasius CofE Primary Academy had the chance to preview the much-anticipated Shanklin Breezer recently, when they accompanied the Mayor to launch the bus service for the Summer season. 

Pupils from the school travelled on the bus route across the town, learning important historical facts and information along the way.

“We wanted to do something special to launch the Shanklin Breezer, so we invited local councillors and Mayor of the town Cllr Jon Gilbey to join our young guests as they enjoyed their day out in the sunshine,” said Richard Tyldsley, general manager of Southern Vectis.

“It was the perfect opportunity to celebrate all that is good about Shanklin. We all enjoyed what turned out to be a wonderful occasion – and we were blessed by wonderful weather on the day.”

The Shanklin Breezer, which began its summer season at the weekend, is a popular service among local people and visitors wishing to explore the delights of the picturesque coastal town. Many buses running the route are open-top – so passengers can enjoy fantastic views, whilst feeling the wind in their hair.

Mayor of Shanklin Jon Gilbey added:

“We couldn’t have ordered better weather for the launch of the Shanklin History Trail aboard the Southern Vectis Breezer. The children of St Blasius did really well reading out the information at each stop along the route. This will be put onto audio that will be played through the buses’ speaker systems – giving travellers interesting historical information about the town.

“I think the children enjoyed themselves. Who wouldn’t at that age on an open top bus with the sun out and plenty of people to wave at? Well done!”

Mike Wood principal of St Blasius C of E Primary Academy said:

“This was a fantastic opportunity for our children to be involved in this exciting community project. They enjoyed discovering different historical facts about Shanklin Town and Old Village, and were enthusiastic to share information with their friends back at the academy.”

The festivities were also an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of local man Louis Attrill, who began his rowing career at Shanklin Rowing Club. He went on to win Olympic Gold at Sydney in 2000. In recognition of his accomplishments, a specially-painted gold bus stop is soon to be unveiled on the Esplanade.

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