Gareth's first honour as Harrogate bus is named after England manager Southgate in build-up to Euros final

Gareth Southgate's home-town bus company has unveiled its own moving tribute to the manager who has inspired England to reach their first major tournament football final for 55 years.

Friday, 9th July 2021, 2:15 pm
Updated Friday, 9th July 2021, 2:20 pm
The Harrogate Bus Company’s CEO Alex Hornby (left) with Welcome to Yorkshire’s CEO James Mason and the 36 bus freshly named in honour of local resident and England manager Gareth Southgate.

The Harrogate Bus Company is the leading bus operator serving the area where Gareth has made his home, and today it has named one of its ever-popular 36 buses after him, as a moving tribute to his achievement in leading the national side to the Euro 2020 final against Italy on Sunday.

The bus firm is also to offer Southgate a year’s unlimited travel across Harrogate district – while Three Lions fans can get around on its buses for just one pound from 3pm on Sunday.

All journeys on any bus run by The Harrogate Bus Company after 3pm on Sunday will cost just one pound – including longer distance services to Ripon, Wetherby and Leeds as well as local routes in Harrogate and Knaresborough, making its buses the ideal way for fans to travel safely as they head out to watch Sunday evening’s final, and hopefully to celebrate another marvellous Wembley win.

The Harrogate Bus Company CEO Alex Hornby said: “We always like to celebrate one of our own, and they don’t come much bigger than Gareth Southgate’s amazing achievement in leading England to our first major tournament final since 1966.

“As well as naming one of our 36 buses after Gareth, we plan to offer him the freedom of our bus network for a year – no matter what the outcome of Sunday’s final is – as he’s done so much to lift everyone’s spirits after all the challenges of the last 14 months.

“We also wanted to do something special for the England supporters who’ve cheered their team on through one nerve-wracking match after another in Euro 2020, so any journey on our buses, any time after 3pm on Sunday afternoon will be just one pound.

“Everyone here will be cheering England on this Sunday – football’s coming home by bus to Harrogate, home of Gareth Southgate!”

The bus named Gareth Southgate in honour of the England manager will be in service this weekend on the frequent 36 route linking Harrogate with Ripon and Leeds.

Full details of all services run by The Harrogate Bus Company are available online at: https://www.transdevbus.co.uk/harrogate and via the free to download ‘Transdev Go’ mobile app.

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