Letter: Bus company would not have found a better mechanic

Drop Folder News. Pic Kevin Allen.'Shoreline Suncruiser bus leaves The Spa for trip along the seafront.'073313c.
Drop Folder News. Pic Kevin Allen.'Shoreline Suncruiser bus leaves The Spa for trip along the seafront.'073313c.

Regarding the article about Shoreline Suncruisers (Scarborough News, September 17).

In my opinion Mr Neil Brown has been made a scapegoat and he cannot defend himself due to his tragic death.

Neil left school in 1989 and became an apprentice mechanic with Primrose Valley Coaches, now part of East Yorkshire Motor Services.

In 1992 he was awarded the Keith Barley Memorial Award for apprentice of the year. He served a four-year apprenticeship and gained distinctions every year for his exam results. So what was quoted in the paper regarding “long standing concerns regarding Mr Brown’s workmanship” is, I feel, unbelievable. If it wasn’t for his mechanical expertise those very old buses would probably have been scrapped long ago.

Neil set up Yorkshire Coast Commercials in 1995 and it was around this time he started doing regular work for Shoreline. Yorkshire Coast Commercials stopped trading in 2014 due to a fall out between Neil and his business partner.

He went on to form Brown’s Commercials in February, 2014, and was trading at a profit and employed three staff. Not in “financial difficulties” as stated in the paper.

Also quoted from the paper, ditch long term friend. In my opinion they could not afford to “ditch” Neil as I don’t think they would have found a better mechanic or one who would have been there at their beck and call day or night whenever they called him to attend to their vehicles.

Neil Brown was a good and honest man and an excellent mechanic, and I think the report in the paper has given a false impression of a man who was well thought of. This has blackened his name and he can’t defend himself.

A Briggs

Muston Road

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