Supertram to feature in new children’s book

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Sheffield’s Supertram is featuring in a new children’s book being published for charity.

Bus and rail operator Stagecoach Group has released its first children’s book, which is called ‘A Very Special Party’.

The 16-page book is being sold to raise funds for the National Literacy Trust.

It was also produced to mark the 60th birthday of Stagecoach co-founder and chairman Sir Brian Souter.

Illustrators have turned the company’s well-known brands – including Supertram and East Midlands Trains, which serves Sheffield and Chesterfield – into children’s characters in a fun story set at a ‘family’ birthday party for Sir Brian.

Along with Sir Brian, characters such as Stanley Supertram and Bobby Bus have been created in cartoon form.

The book, which was written by Stagecoach employee Lindsay Reid, is priced at £4.

Money from the sale of each book will be donated to the National Literacy Trust which works to improve the reading, writing, speaking and listening skills in the UK’s most disadvantaged communities.

The book was designed and illustrated by Devon-based duo Alison MacKenzie and Kate West.

Sir Brian said: “The book is definitely one of the more unusual birthday presents I’ve received.

“It’s a great idea, which we hope children will enjoy, and it reminds us there’s a fun side to transport too.”

Lorna Taylor, corporate partnerships manager at the National Literacy Trust, said: “Our interest is in supporting some of the UK’s poorest children and families to improve their literacy skills and funds raised by Stagecoach Group’s children’s book will help us to achieve this vital goal.”

The book can be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk

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