Coach name surprise for popular Polegate councillor

New National Express coach being named 'Roy Martin' by Norman Baker MP by Polegate Train Station
New National Express coach being named 'Roy Martin' by Norman Baker MP by Polegate Train Station

A WELL-loved Polegate councillor has a coach named after him.

Roy Martin was invited to a mystery event by Polegate MP and Under Secretary of State for Transport Norman Baker at Polegate Railway Station and was unaware his Lib Dem colleague had arranged for a National Express coach to be permanently decorated with a dedication in his honour for his commitment to the area.

New National Express coach being named 'Roy Martin' by Norman Baker MP by Polegate Train Station

New National Express coach being named 'Roy Martin' by Norman Baker MP by Polegate Train Station

Eighty-six-year-old Councillor Martin was greeted by friends and family at the station as the dedication on the 40 foot coach was revealed.

The avid Jazz fan turned up with members of his band the Jazz Caverners, as the naming was revealed.

In 2010 Councillor Martin won Polegate’s first civic award for outstanding service to the community.

Cllr Martin has served Wealden and North Polegate for more than two decades and is a well recognised champion for the community.

The plaque on the coach reads, “Dedicated to Councillor Roy Martin for commitment and service to Polegate”.

Norman Baker MP said, “Roy is a Polegate institution and has tirelessly served his community for decades.

“His enthusiasm for representing local people never relents and he has the kind of energy you would expect from someone half his age.”

Andrew Cleaves. managing director of National Express, said, “We’re delighted to offer Norman Baker a coach for this special dedication.

“We’re very proud that one of our fleet has been named in honour of Councillor Roy Martin – who has shown such commitment to Polegate and Wealden.”

Councillor Martin’s plaque features next to the entrance of the vehicle and under the driver’s window, so it will greet thousands of passengers every year who travel on the National Express vehicle between Polegate and London.