An historic king, an Olympic hero and two brave crime victims are among the inspirations for a brand new fleet of buses in Hemel Hempstead.
Arriva Buses launched the competition to name seven new vehicles late last year.
The company’s Linsey Frostick said: “We were delighted by the response we had, with so many people wanting to immortalise the names of local heroes, sights and features of the town.”
A shortlist of 10 names – including Henry after the Tudor monarch and Max after the Team GB gymnast, and the first names of murdered Billy Dove and Frank Mason – have been drawn up, but Arriva says it is keen to ensure the community has the final say on the seven chosen names.
To vote on the final seven names, email the name of your choice only to firstname.lastname@example.org, text it to 07702 718640 or tweet @arrivatheshires. Visit the Arriva Shires Facebook page for more.
> The full shortlist is:
– Henry, as it was King Henry VIII that introduced the Royal Charter to Hemel Hempstead.
– John, honouring John Dickinson, who founded leading stationery company John Dickinson Stationery in the 19th century.
– Frank, in memory of off-duty policeman Frank Mason, who was killed during a bank raid in 1988.
– Billy, in memory of 21-year-old Billy Dove who died protecting a friend from a knife attack during a night out in Hemel Hempstead in 2011.
– Geoffrey, after local architect Geoffrey Jellicoe who drew up the initial plans for the New Town part of Hemel Hempstead, and also designed the Water Gardens.
– Max, to commemorate Max Whitlock, who made history during the London 2012 Olympic Games as part of Great Britain’s Bronze medal winning men’s gymnastic team.
– Arky, marking the contribution of Simon ‘Arky’ Fancourt, a group scout leader known to hundreds of young people throughout Hemel Hempstead.
– Tom, in memory of Tom Price, former editor of The Hemel Hempstead Gazette, who sadly passed away following a long illness.
– Jack, after 15-year-old Jack Gatehouse, an inspirational young local man, who despite suffering from both Downs Syndrome and chronic epilepsy since birth, became one of Hemel Hempstead’s chosen torchbearers in the run up to the London 2012 Olympic Games.
– Brocks, to reflect on the former Brocks Firework building, which used to be located on the site of Woodhall Farm.