Where is the SOS Bus? Norwich help service takes on a new location

The team of the Norwich SOS Bus, in the bus's new location in St Faith's Lane, off Prince of Wales R

The team of the Norwich SOS Bus, in the bus's new location in St Faith's Lane, off Prince of Wales Road. Picture: Stuart Anderson - Credit: Archant

Norwich's SOS Bus will be based in a new location, thanks to a partnership with the city's biggest nightclub.

The bright yellow bus that has become a refuge for weekend revellers will be parked in St Faith's Lane, off Prince of Wales Road, just next to Mercy, starting tonight (Friday, October 20).

Jenny Smith, SOS Bus co-ordinator said: 'After a trial period of having the SOS Bus located outside OPEN Youth Trust, we have found a more suitable location in the heart of Norwich's clubland, just off Prince of Wales Road on St Faiths's Lane, outside Alan Boswell's.

'This is thanks to Mercy night club who have helped us out with a power supply, in order for the SOS Bus to operate.'

Ibish Peri, Mercy's director, said: 'We're glad we could support and help find a new home for the SOS Bus.

Norwich's SOS Bus. Picture: Archant Library

Norwich's SOS Bus. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant


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'Being the biggest club in East Anglia and with the highest footfall of revellers in the city it makes sense to support this local charity for the safety and well-being of our customers and everyone who comes out in Norwich every weekend.'

The bus, which is staffed by 50 volunteers, moved to a spot outside OPEN in September, after having been based at a bus stop at the bottom of Prince of Wales Road.

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The SOS Bus has helped thousands of clubbers since it was established in 2001 following the tragic death of two teenagers in the river.

The initiative aims to relieve pressure on the ambulance service during their busiest hours on Friday and Saturday nights between 9.30pm and 3.30am.

Norwich's SOS Bus. Picture: Archant Library

Norwich's SOS Bus. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant

Since November 2008, the SOS Bus has helped more than 3,000 people.

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