Retiring bus driver Charlie thanked for 47 years of services to Wensleydale

Charlie with BAWB pupil Rene.

A long-serving school bus driver has been thanked for his services to the Wensleydale community.

Charlie MacGillivray has hung up his keys after 47 years of safely delivering children to school.

The 84-year-old was presented with a selection of gifts at the Bainbridge, Askrigg and West Burton year 6 leavers’ fair this week.

Charlotte Harper, BAWB Federation executive head, said: “The community wanted to thank Charlie for his service to the people of Wensleydale so, led by one of our parents Kayleigh Pattison, they had a collection and bought a number of gifts, including his favourite tipple.”

Charlie MacGillvray. Photo: Nigel Bennett.

Charlie thanked the parents and children, saying “there isn’t a bad one amongst you – some mischievous – but none bad!”

Charlie has been driving for so long that he has carried the grandchildren of the children who first stepped on his bus back in the mid 1970s.

The driver, who drives for Fosters Coaches, had considered retiring when he was 75, but after the sudden death of his wife Carol he decided to continue to keep himself busy.