Bus driver honored for 40 years of service to Manchester community



The New Year’s Honors bus driver for over 40 years of service to his local community said the award “won’t change it.”

Cornel Grant, currently based at Sharston Depot in Manchester, received a British Empire Medal (BEM) for his fundraising work and efforts in organizing local events.

The 68-year-old served in the Royal Fusiliers for six years, touring Northern Ireland three times before joining Stagecoach in 1982.

“It’s still not really sunk,” Mr. Grant said.

Mr. Grant helped carry the Olympic torch in 2012 (Stagecoach)

“People asked me how this was going to change me and I said no, I take each day as it comes.”

Known as Junior by his friends and colleagues, Mr. Grant helped set up the annual Moss Side Carnival in the 1970s and 1980s, before later getting involved in the Anglo-Caribbean Domino League.

It also supports food banks and several charities, including Message Trust – a Christian group – and Wood Street Mission, both of which work to help children and young people, as well as Prevent Breast Cancer and the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

Memorial services at the Sharston Depot war memorial are assisted by Mr Grant and he also supports special events including coordinating diligence services for the Parklife Festival in Manchester.

His work has raised over £ 53,000 for Stagecoach Manchester charity partners.

In 2013, Mr Grant helped organize the donation of a disused bus to the Moss Gardens project, which will serve as a meeting space for the local community at the former site of the Stagecoach Princess Road Depot – where he worked at the origin for the company – and in 2012 he supported the UK Olympic Torch Relay.

“My proudest moment was taking part in the Olympic Torch Relay in 2012, I met a lot of celebrities, including Jamie Oliver who was on my bus, and he even recognized me in the stadium”, Mr Grant said.

“I’m really happy to have helped Stagecoach raise a lot of money for our charity partners in Manchester and it will continue – it’s really important to me.”

Lee Wasnidge, Managing Director of Stagecoach Manchester, said: “We are all very proud of Junior for this incredible honor. His encouragement, help and assistance to the many people with whom he does business is second to none.

“He is a true ambassador and exemplary citizen at all levels who has helped make Manchester a better place, with his years of community service in the Moss Side area and helping and assisting in getting things done in our company to keep buses on the road and people on the move.

“He is a true legend and all of his colleagues will be delighted that Junior receives this well-deserved recognition.”


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