- November 6, 2017
At one point in the classic children’s story The Snowman, the snowman and young boy can be seen flying over Brighton.
As we get closer to Christmas The Snowman will be seen closer to the ground as he travels around the city on the side of a double decker bus.
Brighton and Hove Buses has worked with Raymond Briggs, author and illustrator of The Snowman, to come up with the design.
The author is a patron of Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice near Arundel.
The hospice provides care and support to children with life-limiting conditions and their families across Sussex.
The Snowman bus will be travelling around Brighton & Hove ahead of the hospice’s annual Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball, which this year takes place on 2nd December.
Brighton and Hove Buses managing director, Martin Harris, said: “We’re hugely grateful to Raymond Briggs for his permission to let us use his original illustration and in time to celebrate the 40th anniversary next year of the original picture book’s publication.
“We’ve always sought to celebrate and enrich the artistic and cultural heritage of the city and are certain The Snowman bus exemplifies this.
“We very much hope The Snowman bus will melt the hearts of all those who travel across Brighton in it.”
Sarah Arnold, head of fundraising for Chestnut Tree House, said: “The Snowman Bus is a fantastic way for us to celebrate the iconic character in Brighton and a reminder of how the story resonates with us and the life-limited children and families we care for. “
The bus is helping to celebrate a decade of collaboration between Briggs and the hospice.
The Snowman made its debut public appearance over the weekend, outside the Royal Pavilion.
It is now in service for customers.
By Clare Calder