Norfolk bus named after ‘voice of Carrow Road, Roy Waller
A bus company has named one of its fleet after the legendary BBC Norfolk presenter and 'voice of Carrow Road' for 30 years, Roy Waller, who died last July.
The Norfolk Green Bus Company, based in the west of the county, has named many of its fleet of buses after famous Norfolk people.
And Mr Waller's widow Sylvie attended the Forum in Norwich city centre today for the buses' official unveiling.
She said: 'Roy would have been so proud and I'm so proud, as well. He would have urged people on his radio show to look out for the bus.
'I think it's such a lovely gesture. It's on a par with Eddie Stobart lorries which have the drivers' names on them.'
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Rob Bennett, the commercial manager of Norfolk Green, said that 55 of its fleet of 78 buses were named after people mainly connected with west Norfolk.
He said: 'We also run buses in Norwich and this special Roy Waller bus will do the King's Lynn, Fakenham and Norwich route, so it will be seen on Norwich streets.'
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Many of Mr Waller's former colleagues at the BBC attended the unveiling including the radio station's boss, David Clayton, and the man who succeeded him as Norwich City match commentator, Chris Goreham.
Mr Clayton said: 'I think it's a lovely tribute to Roy. We still talk about Roy in the office on a daily basis, and he will never be forgotten.'
Mr Goreham joked that the former presenter would have loved having a bus named after him.
'I was thinking how much mileage Roy would have got after having a bus named after him. He would have loved it, and it would have been such a talking point on his show. He would have constantly been asking listeners to look out for the bus,' he said.
When Mr Waller died on July 6 last year, aged 69, tributes flooded the EDP and Evening News' switchboard, and his funeral at Norwich cathedral was packed.