PASSENGERS tend to sit in silence without even exchanging a glance as they make their way home – unless you catch the number 30, that is.
One man was clearly so fed up with the lack of fun on the top deck of the Lothian Bus service that he bravely set out to cheer up his fellow travellers.
And the result has become something of a YouTube hit.
The mystery middle-aged man led a sing-song on the bus – which runs from Wester Hailes to Musselburgh – with passengers of all ages united in a wild rendition of the folk song My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean, all the while clapping their hands and stamping their feet.
When the reveller who led the singing stood up to get off the bus, passengers clambered to shake his hand and kiss him goodbye as he left to the sound of cheers.
The remaining travellers went on to raise the roof by singing to their hero the 70s Steam classic Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye.
The video poster wrote on YouTube: “Old folk started singing on our bus in Edinburgh. The notorious number 30 nonetheless.
“This gentleman got the leaving celebration he deserved! LEGEND. There have been too many negative videos – here’s a nice happy one.”
He adds: “Well it was just such a feel good experience – the bus driver was loving it!!” Another user, minniemynx, wrote: “Brilliant, I get the thirty all the time, this has never happened.”
It is not known when the events in the video, which has now been viewed almost 1500 times, took place. Councillor Eric Milligan, whose ward takes in part of the bus route, said: “I only wish I’d been on the bus.
“One thing is for sure, there is nothing more infectious than when you’re travelling on a bus or a coach and someone starts roaring with laughter and singing.
“Nothing beats sharing an experience like that and the world would be a better place if it happened more often.”
Fellow councillor Ricky Henderson said: “It sounds like great fun – every number 30 to Wester Hailes should be a party bus.”
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