24th Jul, 2019

Dial A Ride celebrates 30 years in the business with tea and cake party

Harry Leach 11th Jul, 2019

DIAL A Ride (DAR) celebrated 30 years in the business by hosting a tea and cake party for its users at Redditch Town Hall last week.

It was also an opportunity for its 200 plus guests to have a look at the five new buses which have been provided by Redditch Borough Council.

The buses have been named after Flintstones characters Fred, Wilma, Betty, Barney and Bam Bam following a naming competition earlier this year.

Dial A Ride, which provides door to door transport for people who have difficulty walking and are unable to use public transport, was first set up in 1989 by the council with two buses.

DAR supervisor Jennet Macartney said: “It was lovely to see everyone enjoying themselves because we know how much the service means to our users.

“It gives them an opportunity to get out of the house and do things they wouldn’t normally be able to do.”

Speaking on the service, DAR user Lesley Simmons said: “I don’t know what I’d do without it because I use it regularly.”

The event, which ran all day, also had a visit from the Mayor of Redditch, Roger Bennett.

He said: “It was lovely to go round the tables and listen to all of the users thank the drivers for the hard work they do.

“I’d love to see the council put this event on annually so that we can celebrate the fantastic service more often.”

Dial A Ride has more than 360 customers a week who use the service to make journeys to the shops, to visit family, friends and for leisure and medical appointments.

Visit www.redditchbc.gov.uk for more information.

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