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Gosport coach driver in the running for national award

A Gosport coach tour driver is in the running to be named one of the best in the country at the British Coach Tourism Awards 2020.

Andy Hinks, from Fareham-based Lucketts Travel, beat stiff competition to be shortlisted as a finalist in the Coach Tour Driver of the Year category, partnered by Roadchef Motorways.

The prestigious awards ceremony, taking place at the National Motorcycle Museum in Birmingham on March 25, will showcase the cream of the British coach industry – celebrating the people, places and businesses that are dedicated to offering the highest quality visitor experiences.

With more than thirteen years’ experience under his belt, Andy has racked up a number of glowing reviews and testimonials, receiving 99.3% positive feedback from customers for his driving as well as 100% 5-star reviews on Feefo for his Private Coach Hire work.

Andy said: “It’s a huge compliment to be put forward for such a prestigious award and I feel very grateful for wonderful support from Lucketts Travel and my fantastic customers.

“I’m a bit of a showman, so I like to make sure that all of my customers have a great time, whether they are first-time day trippers, holiday-makers or school runners. I’m not just a coach driver, I’m an agony aunt, social carer and medic and I enjoy every minute of it.”

Tony Lawman, Managing Director at Lucketts, believes that Andy’s strong work ethic makes his nomination no surprise: “Andy is a credit to the company and is a real brand advocate of ours.

“He prides himself on going above and beyond, often helping elderly customers or those in need. Not long ago, a customer fell ill while in France and had to go to hospital. Their family were unable to visit, but Andy would make a special journey, even after a long day of excursions, to visit the customer in hospital and make sure he was ok and that he wasn’t alone.

“He truly goes the extra mile and we are beyond thrilled that his hard work and care for our customers has been recognised.”