Pair draw up a new bus design

Competition winners Mark Lyon and Anne Scorfield.
Competition winners Mark Lyon and Anne Scorfield.

Two people are celebrating after the number 22 proved to be a lucky number.

Stagecoach North East introduced its 22 bus service to Cobalt Park and Silverlink last November, launching the Club 22 competition.

Participants were asked to give a reason why the number 22 was connected to them, with 22 prizes awarded by random draw and some of the best entries made up into unique designs.

And the entries from Mark Lyon, from Longbenton, and Anne Scorfield, from Wallsend, now feature in two of the six designs chosen to be placed on the back of the 22 buses.

Mark, 26, entered the competition as 22 is his lucky number while he was born on February 22, with his design featuring two lucky ducks.

Anne, 41, met her husband when she was 22 and they have two children. Her design features two pink flamingoes creating the shape of the number 22.

Mark said: “I found out about my winning design a few weeks after my entry.

“It was great when an example image was sent to me as I could see in a real life example how my one line idea had been reflected on a bus.

“I did tell my parents who were surprised how a small email reply had led to a design on a Stagecoach bus.

“It looks fantastic up close and I’m really pleased.”

Anne, a customer adviser at AA Insurance Services in Newcastle, said: “We travel on the 22 every day to get to and from work.

“I love entering competitions and thought winning a weeks’ free travel was great but then to find out my story was going to be displayed on the bus, I was thrilled!”