‘The Bus Journey That Changed My Life’

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The 31 to Hillsborough was to take him on the journey of his life after future wife Sharon spotted him in the driver’s seat.

Fate took over.

“I was a bus driver for eight or nine years,” said Brendan.

“That’s how I met my wife – she was a passenger on my bus. Before I ever spoke to her she had told her mum and her mates that she had seen this bus driver and that he was the man she was going to marry.

“One day, I dropped her off at her stop at Sherde Road in Walkley and I continued on to Hillsborough and turned round for the return journey. She was waiting at the same stop.

“She got back on and I asked her if she’d left something on the bus. She stood there and said something like ‘I just wanted to talk to you.’

“I’d noticed her before and I asked her out for a coffee and we got along really well. Two weeks later, we were engaged. We got married exactly a year to the day after we first went out.

“We both knew straight away that it was the right thing. I know it’s a bit of a cliche but it was love at first sight.”

But if it hadn’t been for a sick colleague they may never have got together.

“I’m a big believer in fate,” said Brendan who was 22 when he met 23-year-old Sharon in 1994.

“I think things happen for a reason.

“That day, someone hadn’t turned up and I was asked to do an extra driving journey. It was on that extra journey that I met her.

“There are two things I would never change about my life – one’s the job I do now and the other one’s my missus.”

The 31 service to Hillsborough has since been cancelled.