Southern Vectis colleagues pay tribute to colleague Alan Cooley

3 months ago Tue 5th Apr 2022

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Southern Vectis colleagues remember much loved Alan Cooley who sadly passed away on the 4th April 2022.  

Alan retired in 2014 after 49 and a half years as a coach and bus painter for Southern Vectis. During his time he painted hundreds of the islands buses and used his skill to signwrite many of the fleet by hand.  Alan is well known in the bus world for creating a very special trademark The Mallyshag on the buses he painted. The Mallyshag caterpillar appeared in various places on the bus and even recently found in an office in the Nelson road depot.

“This is a sad time for us all, and our thoughts are with Alan’s family and friends as they come to terms with his loss. He was a popular colleague and played a crucial role in bus painting before the introduction of vinyl.” said Southern Vectis Depot Engineer Julian Rose. 

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