‘A bus in Billy’s name would be an honour’

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The father of murdered mechanic Billy Dove is encouraging the people of Hemel Hempstead to help his son’s legacy live on with a brand new bus named in his honour.

Paul Dove described hearing his son’s name had been entered into an Arriva bus-naming competition designed to reflect the local community was ‘a lovely surprise.’

Paul said: “What a wonderful way to honour my son’s memory. Billy was a very popular young man and the fact people still care enough more than two years after his death just goes to show how loved he was. I don’t know who entered Billy’s name, but on behalf of the Dove family I would like to thank them, and the people of Hemel Hempstead, for their continued support. To see Billy’s name on a bus would help keep his memory alive for years to come.”

Billy is one of 10 names shortlisted in Arriva’s contest for the new bus fleet. To vote on the final seven names, email the name of your choice only to competitions@arriva.co.uk, 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.