New manager appointed ahead of Jurassic Mule’s summer season

Jurassic Mule Motorbus' new operations manager Edward Jacobs (left) with owner Derek Gawn

THE Jurassic Mule Motorbus has appointed a new operations manager, ahead of the summer season which will see the vintage open-top buses in operation once again. 

Despite announcing that it would cease trading in September last year, following some complaints from members of the public in Seaton and Colyton, Jurassic Mule Motorbus said it has received an “outpouring of support” and will continue to run bus tours around East Devon and West Dorset from July 21 to September 2, including in Lyme Regis.

Services are again to be operated by a fleet of classic open top double decker buses with the occasional appearance of ‘Eric’, the rare open top single decker.

Derek Gawn, proprietor of the Jurassic Mule Motorbus has appointed a new, enthusiastic operations manager who will oversee the entire operation for this season.

Edward Jacobs will already be familiar customers as he is well known as a professional musician, entertainer, musical director and music teacher working all over the South West of England and other parts of the UK.

He also has a background in the transport industry, having run his own bus and coach company in South East Cornwall for 20 years up to 2007. Edward has also managed a stretch limousine and wedding car company in Plymouth and currently runs Jeeves, a smaller wedding car company based in East Devon. Some of his vehicles may be used in conjunction with Jurassic Mule advertising.

Edward is very excited about his new role as operations manager and is looking forward to managing this year’s Jurassic Mule operation, allowing Derek to take more of a back seat, except of course when he is driving one of the Jurassic Mule buses!

Edward commented: “I am excited about the challenge of managing the Jurassic Mule operation this year and looking forward to stepping up to the challenges ahead and working with the team. This will be very different from my usual line of work and gives me a welcome opportunity to return to the public transport industry.

“I know that we can help generate business and income for this beautiful part of East Devon and bring pleasure to many people who would like to ride our scenic route.”

Edward had already been working closely with Derek to make initial preparations for the forthcoming season and is currently meeting with team members and overseeing the preparation of the vehicles which will form the operational fleet. He will be working very closely with drivers, publicity staff, mechanics and volunteers.

Edward will also be liaising with local town councils and residents to form valuable working relationships and develop a positive ethos within the area.

For full details on the Jurassic Mule Motorbus, visit the new website

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