One of Manchester’s leading dog rescue centres has been awarded a decommissioned yellow school bus from TfGM to transform into something of their own.
Back in May, the transport group encouraged individuals, schools, societies, sports teams, and volunteer organisations from across Greater Manchester to submit their ideas for a chance to win an old yellow school bus and create something new.
All entries were to be judged on several criteria – including originality, creativity and benefit to the community.
A semi-rural independent dog sanctuary based on Barton Moss Road, Dogs 4 Rescue is known for its unique “cage free” approach to animal welfare, carrying out vital work across the region to ensure all rescued dogs socialise in a healthy, relaxed and happy foster home environment while waiting for their forever families.
The centre has completely changed the lives of countless canines over the years, with plenty of success stories to its name – and the addition of the old school bus is only set to create more.
Dogs 4 Rescue posted a video of their school bus being delivered on social media today (July 29).
Sharing news of the win, in a post that has racked up thousands of interactions and comments in just a few short hours on Facebook, Dogs 4 Rescue said: “We’ve won a bus – a big yellow school bus.
“Huge thanks to Transport for Greater Manchester for choosing our little rescue, and to Antony from Broadheath Recovery Services Ltd for his amazing bus manoeuvring skills.”
While Dogs 4 Rescue’s owner Emma Billington has dropped teasers about the bus transformation, the rescue centre is yet to reveal its overall plan in full, adding: “Watch this space for when the dogs get on board.”
“[It’s] all part of our plan for rescue dogs rescuing people,” they added.
Yellow School Buses are a service provided by TfGM for secondary school children in Greater Manchester, and are said to be “easy to spot” as a way of alerting road users that children will be getting on and off.
The scheme of passing along decommissioned buses proved a success in both 2018 and 2019, and Dogs 4 Rescue was awarded a vehicle this time around – the second significant win for the charity in 2021 after it secured a new 46-acre farm back in March.
And that’s just part of the first wave of celebrity contestants – more famous faces will take part in I’m A Celebrity… South Africa, entering the camp as the series goes on.
The new series will ‘push them to their limits and test them like never before’, ITV has said, promising bigger and tougher challenges and an even harsher environment.
Also taking part from the launch episode will be Diversity star Jordan Banjo, TV presenter Carol Vorderman, Olympian Fatima Whitbread, former royal butler Paul Burrell, ex-England cricketer Phil Tufnell, and supermodel Janice Dickinson.
ITV said: “Whilst nodding back to the Australian jungle, I’m A Celebrity…South Africa is a uniquely different series so viewers can look forward to lots of unexpected twists and turns.”
The trailer also shows the celebs taking part in pre-recorded challenges, taking on everything from nasty food to terrifying heights.
I’m A Celebrity… South Africa will air on ITV1 and ITVX from April 2023.
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Commentator Arlo White shows off what the Old Trafford gantry walk looks like
Ever wondered what it’s like to be up in the gantry in a football stadium, say, Old Trafford? Well, we certainly have.
You see the odd shot of the commentators sat there on the telly from time to time but it never really gives much away either and, at some venues, it’s quite a ways up there. There’s a little bit of allure behind these mysterious parts of footy grounds that most fans will never get to see.
After hours of mindless scrolling on the social media app, we stumbled across the well-known sports commentator‘s channel where he’s been showing off what it’s like to go in the gantry and one of them is his long walk to crow’s nest up at the Theatre of Dreams.
As it turns out, Arlo’s been doing these videos for a couple of years now, revealing how the gantry looks not only at Old Trafford but other big Premier League grounds too, such as down the road at the Etihad, Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, Tottenham Hotspurs’ sparkly new ground and many more.
Another reason we found ourselves stuck on his TikTok for so long was also because of the other behind-the-scenes details he reveals too, even shedding light on how he prepares for games: note-taking, data sheets, how keeps himself warm up there during those cold nights on comms and so on.