FirstGroup technician does the double at awards

Peter Buckle receives his mechanical technician award from Allison Transmission representative Patricia Cobbold and IRTE Patron Sir Moir Lockhead, right

Peter Buckle receives his mechanical technician award from Allison Transmission representative Patricia Cobbold and IRTE Patron Sir Moir Lockhead, right

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A SELBY man from bus operator FirstGroup won two national engineering awards.

Technician Peter Buckle, from Sherburn-in-Elmet, who works out of FirstGroup’s mobile training facility, represented his company at the IRTE Skills Challenge held at Bristol-based S&B Automotive Academy.

Aimed at the technicians who repair and maintain the UK’s buses and coaches, the competition saw teams from across the country battle it out in a series of mechanical, electrical and bodywork challenges designed to discover the best bus engineers in the business.

At the winners’ presentation Mr Buckle walked away with two awards; the Runner Up Mechanical Technician Award and, alongside teammate David O’Hara, the Top Scoring Electrical and Mechanical Award.

Mr Buckle, who joined FirstGroup in 2011 where he works as a Master Technician Trainer, said: "I was extremely surprised to win an award again this year. I really enjoyed the day and it’s nice to come away with an award."

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