New bus hits the streets

A MOBILE meeting place for young people in the Felixstowe area has been officially launched - but it will be a few weeks yet before it is on the road.

A MOBILE meeting place for young people in the Felixstowe area has been officially launched - but it will be a few weeks yet before it is on the road.

Organisers say they still have some work to do on the double-decker Boost bus before it is ready to start its service.

Christian youth worker Adrian Wolton said: “We are nearly there but there was a bit more work to do than we had bargained for when we first got the bus.

“We still need to replace the window seals to make sure they are weatherproof, the sign-writing and logo needs to be put on the outside, and there is a little bit more to do inside.

“Then we will be ready to go out on the road.

“Everyone is very excited and the young people are really looking forward to helping to run the project.”

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A special service was held at Christ Church in Grange Farm Avenue to launch the Boost Bus project, with the Felixstowe Christian Youth Worker Trust explaining the scheme.

The bus will stop off at different locations in the seaside town, the Trimley villages and Kirton on different nights so youngsters can meet their friends and enjoy a café atmosphere.

It will replace the Friday night Café Boost drop-in at the River of Life Coffee Shop in Hamilton Road and is expected to take to the road the first week of December.

“We have had 50 or 60 youngsters on a Friday evening but it is difficult for some young people, especially from the outlying areas, to get into the town centre,” said Mr Wolton.

“With the bus we will be able to go to different locations in the town on different evenings of the week rather than just being in one place, taking the café to the young people.”

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