Bus named after murdered Eastbourne MP


A bus has been named in honour of murdered Eastbourne MP Ian Gow.

The new vehicle was officially unveiled by the Conservative politician’s widow Dame Jane Gow in Eastbourne yesterday (Thursday) on the 25th anniversary of his death.

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Jane Gow SUS-150730-144926001

Friends had gathered at the Meads home of David and Jane Stevens for a gathering to mark the 25 year milestone.

Mr Gow was murdered by an IRA car bomb as he reversed out of the driveway of his Hankham Home on Monday July 30 1990.

The new bus is one of 24 British built vehicles, equipped with the latest state of the art facilities.

Dame Jane Gow toured the bus and officially unveiled the name plate Ian Gow on the front.

A spokesperson for Brighton & Hove Buses said, “For a number of years we have had a tradition of naming buses to celebrate the lives of people who have made a contribution to the life of our home city but we were pleased to be able to expand this policy to include people who identify with destinations throughout what we now refer to as Coaster country. “It gives us great pleasure to be able to present this bus, named after one of Eastbourne’s most well known public servants, former MP Ian Gow.

“We are also very pleased to be able to welcome Ian’s widow, Dame Jane Gow and to invite her to formally launch the new bus named in Ian’s honour which we hope will transport people in comfort to and from sunny Eastbourne for a number of years to come.”

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