Names on the buses

403 Jack Arlidge

Connections with Brighton and Hove : One of the nicest men ever to pick up a pen and write was the long-serving Sussex sports writer Jack Arlidge. Born in Faringdon, Berkshire, he started as a sports reporter in that area before moving to Sussex and joining the Evening Argus as its main sports writer. He also worked for the Sussex Daily News under the name of Robert Street, the road in Brighton which housed the printing press. Arlidge later went freelance and broadcast for Radio Brighton when it started in 1968, becoming well known for his opening words: "Hello, sportsmen." He had been a good sportsman in his youth, excelling at cricket, running and boxing. But for much of his adult life, he suffered from multiple sclerosis although he never complained about it. Arlidge was renowned both for his huge knowledge of the Albion and Sussex cricket and for his sunny personality. He never wrote an unkind word. He was married for 50 years to Joy and they had three children. One of them, Andy, has followed his father as a sports writer. Arlidge died in 2000 aged 88 and there is a room named after him in the Sussex county ground at Eaton Road, Hove.

403 Volvo Gemini - carried name since delivery in April 2011. Repainted into new Route 6 livery November 2016.