Open-top bus to provide tours around Lincoln again
An open-top tour bus will operate in Lincoln again from Easter, it has been revealed.
Lincoln BIG has teamed-up with bus company Stagecoach and the Visit Lincoln Partnership to reinstate the service, which last operated in 2004.
The search is now on for potential tour guides to work on the bus.
Lincoln BIG chief executive Matt Corrigan said: "We are delighted to be partnering Stagecoach in this initiative. "The original service was popular, but it had to be withdrawn at the end of 2004 because the Stagecoach vehicle used at that time needed replacing and there were other financial issues which made it difficult to continue.
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"However, 2012 is a big year in terms of local events and attractions, including those which will reflect national Olympics Games, Royal Diamond Jubilee and celebrations, and we believe the tour bus will complement these."
The open-top tour bus will operate on weekends between Easter and October.
It will operate throughout the week, during July and August.
"We still have to finalise the exact route for the tour bus, but it will take in the most vibrant and interesting areas of the city and attractions, including Lincoln Cathedral, Bailgate, the Museum of Lincolnshire Life, the castle, The Lawn, High Street, Brayford and the St Mark's areas," said Mr Corrigan.
Lincoln's Visitor Information Centre manager Michele Sims said: "The return of this service has created an exciting opportunity for people who would love to be city tour bus guides.
"We are now looking for entertaining, knowledgeable and professional guides, but they have to be available during the operation of the bus, on Saturdays and Sundays from April to October and all week during July and August, plus occasional hire and private tours.
"They must also be prepared to work as a part of a team on a rota basis and also be flexible enough to guide for special events and private bookings too.
"We are also looking for interesting anecdotes for the bus commentary and if anyone has ideas about stories or quirky facts about colourful people from Lincoln's past, we would love to hear from them."
Nigel Burn, a tour guide at Lincoln Castle, said he was delighted to hear about the new services.
"I always thought that these open-top buses were excellent," he said.
"They take visitors around Lincoln and even Lincolnians will take these bus trips on days out."