Names on the buses

663 Eric Gill

Connections with Brighton and Hove : Born in Brighton in 1882, Eric Gill lived for many years at Ditching where he headed a community of artists. He produced sculptures included Station of the Cross at Westminster Cathedral and figures called Prospero and Ariel outside Broadcasting House in London. Gill also studied lettering and produced the Perpetua font in 1925 followed by Gills Sans. Both are still widely in use today. Although he was a devout Roman Catholic, Gill and his friends led a Bohemian lifestyle which was the talk of Ditchling before he moved in 1924 to Wales. Later he set up a workshop at High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire. He produced many essays on art and religion as well as a number of erotic engravings. Gill, who died in 1940, is described simply on his headstone as a stone carver.

663 Scania Omnidekka - carried name since delivery in September 2005, on Coaster 12. Livery changed to Metro 25 September 2008. Metro 25 branding removed June 2012.

Perpetua Font