Special Routemaster bus service bus in memory of Norwich bus driver

Workers at a Norwich bus company put on a special service for a dear friend and colleague who died before Christmas.

Dozens of friends of Reggie Rumball, who spent 43 years driving buses in Norwich, this morning boarded a historic Routemaster service bearing his name to travel from Rouen Road to a memorial service at St Faith's crematorium.

Mr Rumball, of Cherry Close, Lakenham, died on December 9 from bowel cancer, said friend Ray Cobley, but would be remembered as a man who brightened the lives of those he knew.

'He had a good sense of humour,' said Mr Cobley, a staff manager with First Buses, which organised the service.

'He always looked on the bright side of life, and was very laid-back. He saw the funny side of life.'

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Mr Rumball had retired from First Buses, but colleagues from his time at the company had been keen to pay tribute, said Mr Cobley.

He added: 'Bus men are a close bunch anyway, so we wanted to do this.'

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Did you know Mr Rumball? Contact mark.shields@archant.co.uk or call 01603 772423.

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