Schoolboy gets dream job for the day as he cuts ribbon on new £1.7million bus service

Peter Witham launches the IndiGo bus service at Crimdon Dene Beach, with David Curry, operations director at Go North East.
Peter Witham launches the IndiGo bus service at Crimdon Dene Beach, with David Curry, operations director at Go North East.
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A bus-mad boy who applied for his ‘dream job’ has beaten celebrity competition to launch a new service.

Peter Witham, from Sunderland, wrote a letter to the managing director of bus firm Go North East applying to be a bus driver.

The 11-year-old’s words moved managing director Kevin Carr so much that he decided to choose him to launch the firm’s new £1.7million IndiGo bus service. Wearing his own bus driver uniform, Peter will cut the ribbon to declare the 14 brand new IndiGo buses – operating in Peterlee and East Durham – officially open.

Peter, from Sunderland, told MD Kevin Carr in his letter: “My dream job is to work for Go North East. I am saving up to take my car test at 17. I am route learning. I am customer focussed. I am very polite. I would always go the extra mile for customers and be a careful driver.”

He was thrilled with his new (albeit temporary) position, he said: “I can’t believe it, I am so happy. I love buses so much. I have been on buses a lot ever since I was a baby and I go on the bus to visit my nana.

“I have wanted to write to Go North East for ages to ask about becoming a driver but I never thought I’d get a reply. My dad said I should write to them because you never know.

“My bedroom is full of Go North East stuff; I’ve done drawings of all their buses and I have bus models as well. My favourite bus was the Simplicity but now my favourite is the Indigo.”

Managing director at Go North East, Kevin Carr, was touched by the boy’s interest in his company: “This letter really made me smile when it landed on my desk. It’s fantastic to see such enthusiasm in someone so young. We thought it was only right to give Peter an important role in the bus company he loves so much. And, of course, we will keep his application for the bus driver job on file until he’s 18 and a suitable position becomes available.”