Get involved! Send your photos, video, news & views by texting SB NEWS to 80360 or e-mail us
Brierley Hill hubby takes to the 226 to celebrate wife's big day
3:02pm Monday 18th March 2013 in News
A BRIERLEY Hill bus driver pulled out all the stops for his wife to mark a double lifetime milestone.
George Homer, from Heydon Road, went the extra mile to celebrate his wife Sandra's 60th birthday by having a tribute and giant image of her placed on the back of a bus.
Mrs Homer, whose birthday coincided with her retirement from her job a carer in an old peoples' home, spoke of her astonishment when she saw the number 226, which runs from Merry Hill to Dudley, with her image adorning its rear.
She said: "I was amazed and surprised. I knew he was going to do something, he blindfolded me. I didn't know what it was - but I like it.
"I have seen it a few times now and people have been looking at me a bit strange."
George unveiled the image to his wife on March 10, ahead of her birthday on March 13, and it will stay on the back of the Hanson's bus for several weeks.
The romantic 59-year-old has a track record of sensational celebrations on Sandra's big anniversaries.
He said: "I love her to bits, I always try to do surprises for her. The big one was our 25th wedding anniversary, I arranged for a scottish piper to come an play for her and a Bentley to take us to a country hotel where we had the honeymoon suite.
"I bought her a new wedding ring and an anniversary ring plus flowers, she did not have a clue."
Mrs Homer's 50th birthday treats included a luxury trip to a London theatre show and a canvass portrait of the couple's wedding photo.
Her husband's addition to public transport could spark a new craze in on-street affection.
Sandra said: "My friend's like it - they all want their husbands to do the same."