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Archive for June 2019

Saluting Our Forces in June

Poppy on British Army Uniform

The Armed Forces will always have a special place in our hearts at The Kings Ferry Group.

We have numerous employees from management to drivers, who come from a military background. Our support for the armed forces doesn’t just stop at employment, our chosen charity is Help for Heroes. A charity which provides lifelong support to service personnel and veterans who have sustained injuries, illnesses and wounds whilst serving in the British Armed Forces.  
 
Throughout the month of June we had the honour of being involved in multiple Armed Forces events. From transporting veterans to taking schools on battlefield tours, we have been all over the UK and Europe. 
 

75th D Day Anniversary

At the beginning of June, Stewarts Coaches, part of The Kings Ferry Group, were asked to transport veterans, members of parliament and the press for the 75th D Day Anniversary. The commemorations took place in Portsmouth and saw some impressive displays from the Red Arrows. All our drivers noted how emotional the day was and that they were honoured to have been a part of it. 
 
Find out what happened at the 75th D Day Anniversary commemorations and see for yourself what our drivers got to experience. 
 
 

Battlefields Tours

With the D Day Anniversary taking place at the beginning of June and Armed Forces Day being held at the end, battlefield tours have been in high demand. We’ve visited famous battlefields and landmarks in France, Germany and Belgium. 
 
Take a look at some photos of our journeys and see what our customers have said about their battlefield trips. 
 
 

Armed Forces Day

Armed Forces Day takes place on Saturday 29th June and is a day to show support for servicemen and women. Thanks to our continued support for the Armed Forces, we’ve been invited to exhibit at an Armed Forces Day event. The free event will take place at Gillingham’s Great Lines Heritage Park and everyone is welcome. We’re sending some ex-forces staff down to have a chat about employment opportunities after service. 
 
Find out details about the event at Great Lines and how we support ex-servicemen and women in starting a new career.
 
 

Armed Forces Day 2019

ex-Commonwealth Soldiers Kings Ferry Drivers
 
Armed Forces Day is a day to show your support for the men and women who make up the Armed Forces. From currently serving troops to service families, veterans and cadets, Armed Forces Day is a day dedicated to recognising the Armed Forces community. Every year events take place all over the country to celebrate this day, this year it’s taking place on Saturday 29th June. 
 

The Armed Forces Day Event

We’ve been invited to exhibit at the Armed Forces Day being held at Gillingham’s Great Lines Heritage Park. This free event is open to the public and is run in partnership with the local Royal School of Military Engineering. On the day they will be displays and parades from various services including; Royal Engineers, the Infantry, Gurkhas, Royal Navy, Royal Marine Reserves, tri-service Cadet Forces and many more. 
 
Armed Forces Day is a fantastic day out for all the family with plenty of activities to take part in. Children will be able to take part in their own obstacle course and go on the rides at the giant funfair. Visitors will also be able to enjoy a helicopter fly-in, as well as listening to performances from the Military Wives Choir and bandstand concerts.  
 
The Kings Ferry will be one of the many exhibitors showing support for servicemen and women. We were invited to exhibit as we are part of the Armed Forces Covenant.  
 

Armed Forces Covenant

The Armed Forces Covenant is a pledge to those who are serving or have served, along with their families, to be treated with fairness and respect within their communities. As part of National Express, we have achieved Gold Award holder status. National Express was the first company to sign the Armed Forces Covenant and continue to show support. We are also on the Employer Recognition Scheme, supporting those looking to start a new career after the military. 
 

Ex-Forces Recruitment

As a recognised employer for ex-service personnel, we are proud to be exhibiting on Armed Forces Day providing an employment opportunity. We have numerous ex-forces employees ranging from managers and office staff to coach drivers. Our ex-forces staff have come from various services; the Infantry, Royal Air Force and Commonwealth Soldiers. 
 
Driver Training Academy Coach
 
Our Driver Training Academy employs those looking to start a new career as a Coach Driver. The fully paid training programme aims to provide support and tuition to drivers getting their PCV licence. Not only do we train unqualified PCV drivers but we also offer CPC training and refresher courses. Those who are successful in the Driver Training Academy will receive a full-time position, earning up to £32,000 a year basic salary. 
 
Our recruitment team will be exhibiting with the Driver Training vehicle at the Great Lines on Saturday 29th June. The team, headed by ex-serviceman Simon Le Mar, will be there on the day to answer questions and take sign ups. 
 
If you can’t attend the event but would still like to express your interest in becoming a Coach Driver, sign up on our Driver Training Academy page.
 
 

On The Battlefield

Over the past few weeks, we’ve visited the battlefields in France, Germany and Belgium. From school trips to re-enactment groups, we’ve transported them on a tour through history.  
 
Here are a few photos from our journeys.
 
Battlefield Tour in Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Garry Smith
Battlefield Tour in Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Garry Smith
 
360 Arromanches Cinema, Normandy, France. Photo: Stuart Lively
360 Arromanches Cinema, Normandy, France. Photo: Stuart Lively
 
The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Adrian Murison
The Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. Photo: Adrian Murison
 

“Our Group was on a Battlefield Pilgrimage to Mons Belgium. Our driver was fantastic, he was very flexible and most importantly friendly and courteous. The coach was in super condition and mega comfortable. This was our sixth year running using KF and I will continue to use them.”, Mick McLoughlin, Clapham Old Boys School.

“Another exceptional experience with Kings Ferry Coaches. Once again I was extremely impressed with the high quality service received from Kings Ferry Coaches. I have been using them for tours of the battlefields since 2005 and have no desire whatsoever to work with a different company. Our driver Simon was excellent, extremely professional and hardworking, able to negotiate some narrow rural lanes in Belgium and a very good communicator. Several times I wished to follow a route that was different to that suggested by the SatNav and Simon had no problem with this. The coach was in excellent condition as always with hot drinks provided. I would also like to point out that the customer care received from Christian Fahy in the office was also exceptional with regular communication both before and following the tour. I don't think I would fault any aspect of the service provided by Kings Ferry Coaches.”, Simon Sharples, Sandwich Technology School.

For more coach hire reviews, take a look at our Trustpilot, https://uk.trustpilot.com/review/www.thekingsferry.co.uk.
 
If you’re taking a group to visit the battlefields, we can help. Our coaches are the perfect solution for group travel in Europe. Contact our team on 01634 377577 or fill in a quick quote form below.
 
 
 
 

75th D Day Anniversary

D Day Anniversary Coaches line up
 
On the 5th June, the 75th D Day Anniversary commemorations took place in Portsmouth. 300 veterans and 60,000 members of public attended. Alongside heads of state from around the world, including HRH Queen Elizabeth II, French President Emmanuel Macron and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. 
 
The event saw the famous Red Arrows flypast followed by RAF aircrafts and Daks over Normandy. The MV Boudicca set sail before sunset carrying 300 Normandy veterans across the channel to Normandy. The ship was escorted by a Royal Navy vessel, representing the famous crossing 75 years before.
 
Red Arrows fly-over coaches
 
As a Group, we are proud to have been involved in this fantastic celebration. 
 

How it happened

One of our newest members of The Kings Ferry Group, Stewarts Coaches, secured the contract to provide transport for the D Day Anniversary. The event required 27 coaches to transport veterans, members of parliament and the press. The coaches came from every member of the group; The Kings Ferry, Clarkes of London, Stewarts Coaches and Woods Coaches. 
 

On the day 

Heading to Portsmouth for an early 4am start, the drivers shuttled invited guests to and from the event until 8pm that evening. 
 
We had drivers from all four businesses on-site, including some ex-Commonwealth Soldiers who wore their medals in honour. 
 
ex-Commonwealth Soldiers in-front of coach
 
The event was a huge success with organisers saying, “it was the best delivery of a transport plan we have seen”. The veterans were extremely grateful and expressed their heartfelt thanks to the team at the end of the day. 
 
To be asked to provide transport for such a historic commemoration was incredibly rewarding. With everyone involved saying it was an emotional day that everyone was honoured to be a part of.  
 

Everyone’s A Winner at Soccer Aid 2019

Soccer Aid 2019 England and World XI Coaches
 
The world’s biggest charity football match, Soccer Aid, kicked off at the weekend and what a fantastic event it was. Celebrities and football legends came together to ‘defend play for every child’, raising money and awareness for UNICEF UK. Everyone was a winner at Soccer Aid as a record-breaking £6.7 million was raised on the night!
 

A Huge Honour

We are extremely proud to have supported Soccer Aid for the 7th year. As part of our support we wrapped two of our VIP coaches in this years’ Soccer Aid livery. With two coaches jam-packed with famous faces, from the fastest man in the world, Usain Bolt, to Olympic Gold Medallist, Sir Mo Farah, the atmosphere on-board was electric to say the least. Along with our two fantastic drivers who represented our company exceptionally, Gary Smith (England) and Simon Martin (World XI).
 
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks with our driver Gary Smith at Soccer Aid 2019
The Body Coach, Joe Wicks with the England coach driver Gary Smith. 
 
Simon Martin holding Soccer Aid 2019 trophy
World XI driver Simon Martin with the Soccer Aid 2019 trophy.
 

Take a look at who else was on-board our VIP coaches.

 
Eric Cantona Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/StellaPictures/30086
Eric Cantona
Credit: ©UNICEF/StellaPictures/30086
 
Niall Horan Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30112
Niall Horan
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30112
 
Ben Shephard Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30101
Ben Shephard
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30101
 
Lee Mack and Mark Wright Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30103
Mark Wright and Lee Mack
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30103
 
James McAcoy Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30106
James McAvoy
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30106
 
David Harewood Soccer Aid 2019 ©UNICEF/Dymond/30098
David Harewood
Credit: ©UNICEF/Dymond/30098
 
From the training days to the after party, transporting both teams was a huge, unforgettable honour. We look forward to transporting the teams again next year and can’t wait to see who comes on-board! 
 
If you are looking for charity coach hire or coach hire for sporting events, The Kings Ferry has the experience needed to deliver. With over 50 years' experience and having provided coach hire for Soccer Aid for the past 7 incredible events, we guarantee a winning service. To enquire about booking coach hire, contact our team on 01634 377 577 or fill in a quick quote form using the button below. 
 
 

An Official State Visit

US President Donald Trump's UK State Visit, Coach Hire for Officials
 
At the beginning of June, US President Donald Trump landed in the UK for an official State Visit. He was accompanied by First Lady Melania Trump. 
 
As the US President arrived into Stansted Airport on-board Air Force One, he was greeted by hundreds of security personnel and journalists. Amongst the crowds was our fleet of bright yellow and green coaches. The Kings Ferry had been tasked with transporting US Government Officials and American Security Personnel while the US President was in the UK.
 

Stating The Stats 

The US President’s State Visit saw 30 of our executive coaches transport hundreds of passengers, including delegates, security staff and the press from Stansted Airport or Biggin Hill to various locations across London. 
 
When booking coach hire for government officials it is recommended to book at least 2 months in advance to ensure the relevant documents are arranged for clearance. However, we recognise this is not always possible due to the nature of the events and therefore we always endeavour to meet the needs of the client as we did with the short notice on this event. 
 
 
US President Donald Trump State Visit To UK, Coach Hire For Delegates
 
The President’s three day trip saw him meet with The Queen, Prince Charles, PM Theresa May and even Piers Morgan. Whilst in the UK, Trump also visited and took part in some fantastic events. Trump was invited to enjoy; a State Banquet at Buckingham Palace; an afternoon tea with Prince Charles and Camilla; breakfast with PM Theresa May; and the 75th D Day Anniversary commemorations in Portsmouth. 
 

Corporate Solutions

With over 20 years’ experience in transporting corporate companies and important individuals, we understand the levels of service needed to ensure a hassle-free journey. With 24/7 operational support and a dedicated account manager, no matter the scale of your event, we will deliver.   
 
If you’re looking for coach hire for government officials or security personnel, contact our experienced KF Connections team on 08456 434 123 or head over to the KF Connections website.
 
 

 

Soccer Aid 2019

 
Soccer Aid 2019 Coaches England and World XI
 
We are incredibly proud to be supporting Soccer Aid 2019 for the 7th year!
 
Two of our VIP coaches have been wrapped in the fantastic Soccer Aid 2019 graphics, ready to transport the two teams to the main charity event. 
 
Soccer Aid is an annual charity event that has raised over £24 million in aid of UNICEF UK. The event is a friendly-style football match between two teams, England and the Soccer Aid World XI (formerly known as Rest of the World). This years’ Soccer Aid will kick-off at Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge at 7:30pm on Sunday 16th June. 
 

The Match 

The world’s biggest charity football match brings together celebrities and football legends in a battle to defend play for every child. The game is made up of two teams, England and Soccer Aid World XI.
 

England Team

Captaining the reigning champions, England, will be Gold Olympic Medallist, Sir Mo Farah. Joining his England 2019 team is; former Chelsea and England captain John Terry, football star Jamie Redknapp, TOWIE royalty Mark Wright, fitness coach Joe Wicks, JLS star turned presenter Marvin Humes and guitarist Danny Jones. Fan favourite and regular Soccer Aid player, Ben Shepherd will also be joining the line-up. A Soccer Aid match wouldn’t be complete without some football legends; David Seaman, Michael Owen, Jamie Carragher, Glen Johnson, Joe Cole, Katie Chapman and Rachel Yankey. Managing the England team to victory again this year will be ‘Big Sam’ Allardyce, with his co-manager and the first female manager of Soccer Aid for Unicef, Susanna Reid.  
 

Soccer Aid World XI Team 

The world’s fastest man, Usain Bolt is back to captain the Soccer Aid World XI team. After last years’ defeat, Bolt’s World XI team has a new and formidable line-up that would make even the French World Cup team quiver. Joining the World XI team is Love Island favourite Kem Cetinay and Line of Duty star Martin Compston, along with a host of celebrities including; Mrs Brown’s Boys Danny O’Carroll, singer Jack Savoretti, Rudimental star DJ Locksmith, freestyler Billy Wingrove, Westlife singer Nicky Byrne and Capital FM presenter Roman Kemp. Irish singer Niall Horan will also be joining the team for his second time. One of the most anticipated players joining the team this year is the legendary Chelsea striker Didier Drogba. Speaking of legends, the World XI team is also joined by Eric Cantona, Ricardo Cavalho, Robbie Keane, Michael Essien, Rosana Dos Santos Augusto, Francielle Manelo, Roberto Carlos and Robert Pires. Football managing legend and King of the Jungle Harry Redknapp will be managing the team alongside TV personality Piers Morgan.
 

The Soccer Aid Coaches 

As part of our support for Soccer Aid 2019 we have wrapped two of our VIP coaches in the Soccer Aid livery. Each team will travel to the game in their dedicated team coach, giving them time to sit back, relax and enjoy the buzz this event creates. 
 
Soccer Aid 2019 Coaches England and World XI
Soccer Aid 2019 England Coach
Soccer Aid 2019 World XI Coach
 

Our History with Soccer Aid

The Kings Ferry have been providing coach transport for Soccer Aid since 2010!
 
Our VIP coaches are used to transport the star-studded line-up to the biggest charity match in the world. Each event year the coaches are wrapped in the Soccer Aid graphics. Between 2010 and 2018 the coaches were wrapped in the iconic Soccer Aid livery distinguishing each coach with either ‘England’ or ‘Rest of the World’ with their corresponding colour scheme. 
 
Soccer Aid 2010 England and Rest Of World Coaches
 
Soccer Aid England Team Coach 2010 
 
In 2018 the Soccer Aid coaches were treated to a new brand identity designed by ITV Creative and Conran Design Group. The livery featured the faces of the England and World XI Captains, Soccer Aid co-founder Robbie Williams and the world’s fastest man Usain Bolt. 
 
Soccer Aid England Team Coach 2018
 
Soccer Aid England Team Coach 2018
 
Soccer Aid World XI Team Coach 2018
 
Soccer Aid World XI Team Coach 2018
 

What is Soccer Aid? 

Soccer Aid is an annual charity event that has raised over £24 million in aid of Unicef UK. It was initiated by Unicef UK Ambassador Robbie Williams and TV Presenter Jonathan Wilkes back in 2006. The event started off as a biennial charity event before ITV joined forces with Unicef to make the event an annual one. Soccer Aid has continued to be one of the most popular charity events amongst both famous stars and the public who watch and support the cause in their millions.
 
With the event having only taken place 7 times so far, England are winning 5-2 against Soccer Aid World XI (formerly Rest of The World) in terms of overall wins. Last year could well have been a win for World XI but for the first time in England’s history, we won at a penalty shootout!
 
Soccer Aid 2018 saw the highest attendance in its history with almost 72,000 visitors at Manchester United’s Old Trafford, the largest club football stadium in the UK. This year is the first year Soccer Aid has moved to Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge. 
 
While Soccer Aid is the world’s biggest charity football match, it doesn’t matter what the result is at the end of the day. This incredible charity which we are extremely proud to support funds a fantastic cause. The money raised from the ticket sales and public donations helps provide life-saving food, vaccines, clean water and toys for children around the world. Soccer Aid and your support is doing everything it can to ensure that more children get the chance to live a happy, healthy childhood filled with playtime. 
 

Soccer Aid 2019: England vs Soccer Aid World XI, Sunday 16th June, Kick-off 7:30pm

For more information on Soccer Aid 2019 and how you can watch the game please visit https://www.socceraid.org.uk/
 

Saving On School Coach Hire

At The Kings Ferry we believe school trips can be the ultimate learning experience. For the past 50 years, we have helped teachers plan and organise a variety of school trips; from educational days out and summer adventures to European city breaks and ski trips. School coach hire is the perfect choice for school visits. 
 

Why Choose Us for School Coach Hire

We offer great value school coach hire without compromising on quality. Many operators have no hesitation about providing low specification, ageing vehicles for school visits. With us, you have complete peace of mind that you will receive a state of the art vehicle with the highest of safety standards and a coach hire experience with excellent customer service. 
 
Our fleet of modern vehicles range from 16-seats to 77-seats and vary in luxury. We have standard, executive and VIP coaches available for hire. All our coaches are fitted with seat belts as well as air conditioning, reclining seats and tinted windows. Our executive vehicles are the most popular hire for school trips as they include a toilet, drinks facility and refrigerator. Whether you are a class of 16 or an academy of 800, we provide coach hire for schools no matter the scale. 
 

“We had a brilliant day out with 48 students to the Harry Potter Tour. School trips can be stressful but it went without a hitch! Will be using Kings Ferry again.” – Sarah Taylor 

“We had 2 coaches driving our Year 5 class to Kew Gardens. They arrived promptly and we had a very good experience with this company.” – Hilly Bryde, Honeywell Primary School 

 

Keeping Your Students Safe

Safety is of paramount importance to us. As one of our five company values, safety resonates throughout every aspect of our business. 
 
For peace of mind, we have a strict in-house maintenance programme. Each vehicle undergoes regular safety inspections, including a ‘first use’ inspection every morning before departure. To further enhance the safety of our coaches, we have invested in the latest on-board technology to give teachers and parents added reassurance. 
 
Our on-board vehicle tracking technology allows you to see the location of your vehicle in real time. Alcolocks are fitted on every vehicle, requiring drivers to have zero alcohol in their system in order to start the vehicle. Lytx DriveCam technology allows us to proactively monitor driving standards, in addition to the CCTV cameras installed. 
 
Our drivers are the pride of our company. They are well-trained, uniformed and are provided with high quality back-up at our bases around the UK. Driver records are meticulously maintained and monitored to the complete satisfaction of the authorities. All of our drivers are also DBS checked as part of our comprehensive driver recruitment process.  
 

Save on Coaches for School Trips

School Coach Hire Piggy Bank Savings

We understand that money doesn’t grow on trees and that travel budgets can be restricting. So we have generated some fantastic offers that enable you to save on your coach hire. 
 

Discounted Ticket & Travel Packages

As the UK’s leading coach operator, we have partnered up with Merlin Entertainments to bring you some fantastic school packages. As a Merlin preferred partner, we have access to heavily discounted entrance fees that we pass onto you through our ticket and travel packages. You can enjoy savings of up to 35% off – and what’s more teachers go free!
 
Whether you are taking your class to Madame Tussauds or the entire school to Thorpe Park, save money when booking your tickets and travel through us. 
 

Do You Fit ‘In-Between’?

You can save over 50% on school trips if you fit ‘in-between’. If you’re a London-based school wanting to hire a coach within the M25 area, you could benefit from this offer. Our commuter coaches are based at Millwall in-between our daily outbound and return commuter journey and are ready to be utilised. If you can be picked up after 0915 and dropped back by 1515, get in touch to find out how much you could save! 
 

Book More, Save More

Our fantastic Book More Save More promotion allows you to block book coaches or book multiple trips and make savings of up to 15% on your school coach hire. If you book 2-4 trips, we’ll give you 10% off. If you book 5-9 trips, we’ll give you 15% off. If you are looking to book more than 10 trips the saving will be determined on application.
 

How to Book Coach Hire for School Trips

Our team of in-house travel consultants are fully experienced in school coach hire. They will be with you every step of the way. From the moment you enquire with us to the time we drop you off, we always endeavour to go the extra mile. 
 
Give our team a call on 01634 377 577 or fill in a quick quote form using the button below. 
 
 

Show Your Support For Sports

A huge part of British culture is made up of sporting events. From football matches, tennis championships and rugby games to cricket matches, horse racing and golf tournaments, we are sports mad. Whether you are watching the game in your local pub or heading to the main event, we guarantee you won’t be alone. Sport brings people together, it is the most popular social event for people in the UK. And what better way to travel as a group than with sports coach hire from The Kings Ferry. 
 

Show Your Support

Sports Fans Cheering At Sporting Event, Sports Coach Hire

Sporting events are the biggest events people book coach hire for. It is also the most cost-effective and eco-friendly form of group transport. 
 
With so many supporters for each sporting event, cut the cost of individual transport by hiring a coach to the next game. We even make the payments easy for you as we can collect monies from each individual passenger, so you don’t have to! 
 
Win, lose or draw, you and your friends can sit back, relax and enjoy a hassle-free journey to and from your teams’ fixture. Our coaches have plenty of seats and more than enough legroom. With vehicles ranging from 16-seats right up to 77-seats, we have the perfect match for your group size. 
 
Our in-house travel consultants are fully experienced in sports coach hire and will be with you every step of the way. From the moment you enquire with us to the last passenger drop-off, we always endeavour to go the extra mile. They will work with you to pre-plan the route, arranging pick-up and drop-off locations and working to the fixture schedule. You will arrive in good time so you can settle down and enjoy some refreshments before the game begins. 
 
Show your support and book sports coach hire with The Kings Ferry. To make a booking, you can call the team on 01634 377 577 or fill in a quick quote form using the button below.
 
 

Corporate Hospitality at Sporting Events

Corporate Hospitality at Sporting Events

A corporate event is the perfect way to entertain prospective clients. Many directors and company owners opt for a sporting event to be the perfect location for an informal business meet. Whether that is a day at the races or watching a game from the privacy of a private box. Corporate days help secure new business and retain clientele. 
 
Many stadiums and racecourses such as Wembley, Ascot, Wimbledon and Twickenham offer corporate hospitality packages, perfect for privately entertaining your guests. You can build long-standing business relationships whilst cheering on your favourite sports team or athlete. 
 
Enhance your corporate sporting event with one of our luxurious VIP coaches and you’ve got the perfect pairing to secure a business deal. You can make your corporate event a truly unforgettable experience by treating your guests to some on-board catering. Continental breakfasts, afternoon tea, champagne and canapés, we have a selection of menus available for you to choose from. If you can’t find anything on the menu, just speak to your account manager and they will be able to order anything you desire.  
 
We can even supply an on-board hostess service to make sure you and your guests sit back, relax and enjoy the experience. 
 
For more information on transport for corporate events, call our team on 08456 434 123 or visit our KF Connections website using the button below.
 
 

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