BOURNEMOUTH: Stanza to attention as Yellows launch 2015 Valentine contest

Flashback: Fiona Harwood-Smith (left) and Sally Spicer (right) from Yellow Buses, with last year’s poetry winner, Helen Shenton.

BUDDING poets are being challenged by Yellow Buses to enter a Valentine’s Day contest and ‘beat the bus bard.’

For the last eight years the Yellows have celebrated the romantic day by presenting red roses and cards to passengers.

The cards carry a suitably corny poem thanking people for travelling on the their services throughout the year.

Now Yellow Buses has thrown down the gauntlet and invited passengers to ‘beat the bus bard’ and have their poem chosen for publication.

The winner will receive chocolates, roses and a complimentary 30 day Glo smartcard providing free travel on Yellow Buses.

Jenni Wilkinson, Head of Marketing, has penned the first verse for this year’s poem and the Yellows are looking for at least two more to complete it.

The YB contribution begins:

We see you waiting at the bus stop in line

Our hearts racing as you raise your hand

We need to know – will you be mine

So indicator on we pull over to the stand

Entrants can either add to this or come up with a completely new set of verses if they wish.

Entries should be emailed to and the winning verse, if YB’s bard is beaten, will be printed in the Valentine’s Day card ready for February 14.

Closing date for entries is Friday January 30. Entrants should include their name, address and a daytime telephone number.

Jenni Wilkinson, YB’s Head of Marketing, said: “Our Valentine’s Day celebrations are a great way of thanking our passengers for their loyalty.

“The ‘Beat the Bus Bard’ competition has been very popular in the past and we’re hoping this year will be no different.”