It’s bus-iness as usual for award winning Arriva staff

TOP COLLEAGUE: Steve Ottley, Dewsbury depot general manager, presenting John Grayson with his award.
TOP COLLEAGUE: Steve Ottley, Dewsbury depot general manager, presenting John Grayson with his award.
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BUS drivers from Spen cleaned up at an awards ceremony celebrating hard working and community spirited employees.

Arriva Yorkshire held its annual Made a Difference awards on Saturday and employees at the company’s Heckmondwike depot were recognised.

The Community Award went to the Arriva Angels, drivers who go out and about on services making sure all passengers are enjoying their journey. The Heckmondwike Arriva Angels are Peter Stockdale and Andy Wardman.

John Grayson was named Work Colleague of the Year and Keith Blackburn was given one of five Eco Drivers of the Year awards.

The Engineer of the Year award was presented to Kevin Pyne and Robin Hutton, and the Unite Recognition Award went to Steve Moore.

The lifetime achievement award was won by Rita Kendrick, for her hard work, loyalty and devotion to duty in her role overseeing the running of 60 vehicles and managing more than 150 employees.

Arriva Yorkshire managing director Nigel Featham said: “We are really proud of everyone who was nominated, shortlisted and of course of those that won.”

Rita has also been put forward for an Unsung Hero award in the UK Bus Awards.

Marketing manager for Arriva Chloe Leach O’Connell said “We are delighted she has been shortlisted and recognised by industry experts.

“It clearly demonstrates that Rita has gone above and beyond what is expected of her and is fully deserving of this nomination. Throughout her 33 years with Arriva, she has proved to be a true professional and a great ambassador for the company.”