Celebrating a century at local bus firm

nrhn. 'Irene Ball celebrates her 100th birthday with trent barton - also celebrating its century.
nrhn. 'Irene Ball celebrates her 100th birthday with trent barton - also celebrating its century.

Bus firm Trent Barton has celebrated its 100th birthday — and the company marked the occasion in style.

The Langley Mill firm put vintage buses on the roads for passengers, raised £1,000 for a children’s cancer charity, hid golden envelopes under seats each giving away £100 in cash and named one of its vehicles after a woman also marking her 100th birthday.

Irene Ball had a surprise visit from the firm with the news that the vehicle was being named after her.

Alex Hornby, Trent Barton commercial director, said: “Irene was born on the same day as the first ever Trent Motor Traction service. A century on, Trent Motor Traction is still going strong as Trent Barton, and we thought it was a great idea to name our golden bus after a special lady who shares our birthday.”

The firm raised £1,000 for the Lewis Mighty Fund.

Donations were taken aboard a fleet of vintage buses that retraced the route of the first services between Derby and Ashbourne and Derby and Nottingham.