VIDEO: Bramley the kitten’s travels from Norwich to Blakeney

She is certainly not your average bus passenger, but for her owner Patricia Alexander she is the purr-fect travelling companion.

Every week the pair take the bus from Norwich to Blakeney and back again, and six-month-old kitten Bramley has become a well-known character on the route.

Miss Alexander said: 'Bramley sits on my lap for the journey with her little harness on and has never made any attempt to jump off my lap.

'She tucks her paws under and watches people. She always sits very calmly and will often doze in my arms.

'She will put her paws up on the bus window and watch other buses go past – I call it her meerkat impersonation.'


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Miss Alexander, of Eaton Rise, Norwich, works as a special needs teacher at Avenue Junior School in Norwich during the week and at weekends goes to stay at her cottage in Blakeney, where she is an organist for the local churches.

She takes Bramley on the bus with her because she does not like to leave her at home alone in Norwich.

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For four years Miss Alexander also did the same bus route with her previous cat Frances who died last year aged 13, and Miss Alexander said she was amazed to have found another cat who also who likes travelling on the buses.

She has had Bramley since she was eight weeks old and ever since they have been doing the weekly trip between Norwich and Blakeney together.

Their Friday journey to Blakeney begins with Bramley jumping into a special shoulder bag which Miss Alexander uses to carry her to Norwich bus station.

It takes Miss Alexander about half- an-hour to walk to the station and along the way Bramley likes to poke her head out of the bag to watch where they are going.

At 4.20pm they board the number 45 Sanders Coaches service and Bramley gets out of the bag and snuggles on Miss Alexander's lap until she has to jump back into the bag to change buses. Changing at Corpusty, they take another Sanders Coaches service to Blakeney – the number 45 which turns into number 46 – arriving at the coastal village at about 5.45pm.

On Sunday the pair have a different route to travel usually starting at 12.40pm. After taking the Coasthopper service to Sheringham, they join the number 44 Sanders Coaches service to Norwich, arriving just before 3pm.

'On the Friday journeys Bramley sits there watching people getting on and off the bus. On Sundays she tends to doze off because she likes an afternoon nap,' Miss Alexander said.

Miss Alexander said Bramley gets lots of attention from the other passengers. 'People are very interested, and lots of people remark on how calm and quiet she is and that their cats would not sit still on a bus like that.

'People always want to stroke Bramley and she is such a gentle kitten she does not seem to mind at all. I think she quite likes the attention.'

But while Bramley is as good as gold on the buses, Miss Alexander said she is mischievous at home. Her many antics include shredding newspaper, climbing up the curtains and running away with Miss Alexander's pens when she is marking homework.

Sanders Coaches bus driver Fahmy Henien said in the three years he has worked for the company Bramley is the only cat he has had as a passenger.

Cats can travel free on Sanders Coaches while dog-owners are charged 50p to take their pets on board.

To see a video of Bramley and Miss Alexander on the bus to Blakeney visit www.edp24.co.uk

emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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