Former colleagues gather for bus naming ceremony in memory of Solent Blue Line co-founder

1 month ago Fri 15th Oct 2021

bus naming memorial for john chadwick

Friends and family of Southampton man, John Chadwick, gathered in the city this week, for a bus-naming ceremony in his honour. 

Mr Chadwick, a well-respected figure in Southampton, co-founded our bus operator, known then as Solent Blue Line, in 1987. Now known as Bluestar, we wanted to do something in his memory, and unveiled one of our Bluestar 18 buses with Mr Chadwick’s name taking pride of place. 

“Sadly, John passed away earlier this year, and is missed by all of those who are fortunate enough to have known him,” said Bluestar managing director, Andrew Wickham. 

“Bluestar is now one of the region’s leading bus companies, and we have John and his colleague Peter Shelley to thank for its existence, As the current custodian of Solent Blue Line’s successor, I am honoured to be attending the unveiling of this very special bus in the presence of John’s widow, Frances, and many of his friends and former co-workers. 

“It is great to think that the bus will following a route close to where John lived. And it will be wonderful to see it transporting the many people who rely on this service across Southampton. I feel sure he would be proud of the progress we have made as a bus operator since his inspired decision to create Solent Blue Line 30 years ago.”

Solent Blue Line co-founder, Peter Shelley, added: “John had a long and highly regarded career in public transport. When we met and set up Solent Blue Line, we both believed that by putting the passenger first we could build a thriving business which lives on in Bluestar today.”

Bluestar started life under the Solent Blue Line name in 1987. With the striking yellow and blue colour scheme, at the time, it offered the people of Southampton a fresh and new alternative in bus travel.