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Clive finally calls it a day after an extraordinary 57 years on the buses

When Clive Norman first began working on the buses in Gloucester in 1961, John F. Kennedy had just been elected president of the United States, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human in space and the average price of a house in Gloucester was about £2,000.

Now after an extraordinary 57-year career in the bus service, Clive has bid a fond farewell to his grateful colleagues at Stagecoach West to take a well-earned retirement.

Clive, aged 76, started on the buses as a conductor and then became an award-winning driver before moving to the wages department and then joining the bus schedules team where he has remained.

As Commercial Schedules Manager Clive has helped Stagecoach West maintain a leading position for bus schedules efficiency within the Stagecoach Group.

At a special retirement presentation Clive was presented with farewell gifts from his colleagues. The Managing Director of Stagecoach West, Rupert Cox said: "Clive has been instrumental in making sure our bus services are reliable and efficient.

"Anyone who dedicates 57 years of their life to work for a company is truly valued and we appreciate everything that Clive has done.

"We will all miss him and we wish him a long, healthy and enjoyable retirement."

Rachel Geliamassi, Operations Director at Stagecoach West, said: "Clive is so amazing that we have had to have a bespoke long service badge made him - they don't normally have one for the length of service he has completed.

"We are going to really miss him. He has set the bar so high for his colleagues at Stagecoach West."

Clive, who lives in Longford, near Gloucester, was typically modest about his amazing achievement but admitted he had seen many changes during his career.

"Generally I have enjoyed it all," said Clive, who will now have more time to spend with his three children, three grandchildren and one great grandchild.

Stagecoach West continues to expand and recently launched a round-the-clock Monday to Saturday service on its 94 Stagecoach Gold route between Gloucester and Cheltenham. It has recently taken delivery of 10 luxurious Stagecoach Gold buses for its 55 service between Swindon and Chippenham, a route which has seen passenger numbers double to 1.2 million in a decade.

Top picture:  Clive Norman (centre) with Stagecoach West MD, Rupert Cox (first right) and Operations Director Rachel Geliamassi (first left) and colleagues Sumaya Mulla, Vikki Stiles, Matthew Raybould, James Heaney, David Lewis, Sean Cosgrove, Mike Porrell, James O'Neill and Jack Wright.

Lower picture: Clive Norman toasts an extraordinary career.

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