NEXT time you board a bus in Chester, a published author might greet you from behind the wheel.
Bus driver Dave Jones, from Wrexham, won a competition organised by Arriva challenging drivers to become the next JK Rowling or Nick Hornby by writing a short story or poem.
Dave, who drives the number nine bus covering Blacon and Piper’s Ash, was unveiled as the winner and presented with a new laptop computer from Arriva bosses.
His winning entry described a day in the life of a bus driver.
Dave, 60, said: ‘I enjoyed doing it. I’ve never written stories before but I didn’t find it any problem. It just seemed to fall into place.
‘The laptop is being used by my grandson. It’s become a family computer.’
Dave has kept up the scribing since his win, writing a poem for his wife.
The competition was the brainchild of Arriva revenue inspector Sheldon Barnet, through his work as a trade union learning representative.