Coach firm’s day trip hailed a great success

Some of the youngsters and Premier staff about to depart for Blair Drummond
Some of the youngsters and Premier staff about to depart for Blair Drummond

A Kintore bus company has been doing its bit to brighten up the summer for families in the North-east during the school holidays.

Premier Coaches organised a day trip to Blair Drummond Safari Park last Wednesday for 165 adults and youngsters from the Kemnay, Inverurie, Kintore, Blackburn and Aberdeen areas.

Now the firm is planning to contact other businesses in a bid to arrange regular excursions for families in local communities.

Premier provided the coach transport free for last week’s visit and negotiated a group discount for entry to the popular tourist attraction near Stirling.

The firm’s transport manager Shona McMasters said: “We had a huge response to the offer and are proud that we catered for a number of families that may otherwise not have had the opportunity to take their kids out for the day.

“With the massive response we have received, we now plan to offer similar excursions during holiday periods and will be aiming to get other local companies involved in the future maybe to assist with ticket cost or lunches and things like that.”

Shona added: “We really are keen to continue to give back to our local community and are looking at options for a trip in the October school break and are looking at possible destinations at the moment with ideas including Almond Valley in Livingstone, Deep Sea World in Queensferry and Dundee Science Centre.

“Although we provide the transport for free, it’s vital that whatever venue is chosen can offer reasonable ticketing prices and we will again work on getting a discounted entry fee in order to ensure that costs don’t exclude anyone from being able to apply for a price.

“Obviously the local area is suffering right now with the downturn and job losses and many families don’t have expendable income to put to fun activities so any small thing we can do to give people an opportunity to put a smile on the kids’ faces is incredibly rewarding for us all.”