Albert’s on the buses after we help him get a ticket

Albert Cuppleditch with his bus pass and Tony Skipworth, the bus driver who helped him get it.
Albert Cuppleditch with his bus pass and Tony Skipworth, the bus driver who helped him get it.

A well known pensioner about town reckons the Boston Standard is just the ticket – after we secured him a free bus pass!

Seventy-seven-year-old Albert Cuppleditch regularly makes trips into town from his home in Old Leake, but was travelling without a bus pass, forking out the daily fare.

But not any more, after bus driver Tony Skipworth contacted us here at The Standard to see if there was anything we could do.

With Mr Cuppleditch, who is fully entitled to a free pass, unable to fill out the necessary forms and get a photograph together we stepped in – with the help of Lincolnshire County Council – to do all this for him.

“Albert is a regular on the buses and it is only right he has a bus pass – it is marvellous you have been able to get him one,” said Mr Skipworth.

The pass turned up within a couple of days of The Standard completing the application, much to the delight of Mr Cuppleditch.

“It is great, thank you very much,” he said.

The county council says it is keen to help anyone who is entitled to get a free bus pass.

Andrew Addo-Smith, transport officer, said: “I’m pleased that we could help Mr Cuppleditch with his bus pass application. We’re always happy to help anyone with their application form so please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us if you need any assistance.”

To apply for a concessionary bus pass, you need to download an application form from www.lincolnshire.gov.uk/concessionarytravel or pick up a form from your local district council office or library.

You will need: proof of identity (passport or driving license), proof of residence (a utility bill etc) and a recent photo.

Completed forms should be returned by post. Alternatively, you can visit the Concessionary Fares Team at City Hall in Lincoln who will be able to issue you pass whilst you wait. For further information call 01522 873700.