‘In 2004, hearing about the Make Poverty History campaign to end overseas debt, I phoned up Classic Coaches and said I wanted to book 1,000 seats for Edinburgh on 2 July. There was a long silence, then, “You’d better come and meet our Managing Director!”
‘I did so, and 20 coaches were promised – from every village, town and city in the North East. We later had to increase the number to 28, providing 1,400 places. As they say: “Be careful what you wish for” – the logistics were a nightmare!’
Tour de farce
‘One afternoon, I heard that the London to Holyhead cycle race was coming through my university town of Bangor. I decided I was tired of being a “nobody”, so I attached numbers to my cycle shirt and went to where the race was due to pass. At the appropriate moment I went out onto the road.
‘As I approached the first corner at speed, people started to cheer and did so all the way to Menai Bridge where I got off and hid in a side street until the real race had passed!’