ASHBOURNE Community Transport bosses are getting ready to kick-start a competition, inviting people to re-design one of their buses.
The charity has launched a new service ferrying people around the area's beauty spots to help fund its lifeline services in the face of crippling budget cuts.
To help the new venture get off the ground, general manager Richard Mountford needs an eye-catching bus on which to transport all the new customers – and the Uttoxeter Advertiser's sister newspaper, the Ashbourne News Telegraph, is supporting the campaign by inviting readers to take part in a one-of-a-kind competition.
Mr Mountford said: "The competition is for anyone, young or old, to come up with a unique design for the paintwork on one of our buses.
"You can be as adventurous as you like, lots of colour and bright designs.
"Maybe something to highlight the local or surrounding areas, or simply what Ashbourne means to you or any local landmarks that you think may be attractive as a design on one of our buses as it travels through the local area."
Readers will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite design or the one they feel best reflects the area.
The winner will be notified and announced in the Ashbourne News Telegraph, with the winner receiving prizes as well as being given the opportunity to see their design proudly passing through the area. They will also be invited to be the first to travel on the bus containing their winning design with their family and friends.
The competition will begin on Wednesday, August 20 and run until Monday, October 6.
A template for the design will appear online and in the Ashbourne News Telegraph offices, in Market Place, Ashbourne, ahead of the competition.
Pick up the Ashbourne News Telegraph on Wednesday, August 20 for more information about the competition.