Platinum Jubilee: Hugs, Air Kisses and Celebrity Bus Selfies UK News

Alan Titchmarsh, a famous gardener, a veteran of the broadcaster and now an official national treasure, summed it up perfectly.

“It’s all a bit surreal,” he said.

I could see why. We sat in an open double decker – one of the seven buses that participated in the Platinum Jubilee Choice. Each bus represented a decade during the Queen’s reign, from the 1950s to the 1920s.

We were on a bus from the 60s, and the seats on the upper deck were occupied by some of the most famous and beloved British celebrities.

In front of the bus, I saw Valerie Singleton – the former host of the cult children’s program Blue Peter – taking a selfie with Basil Brush.

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In a 50s bus parked next to us, pop legend Sir Cliff Richard was admonishing one of his hits, roaring from the speakers. Next to him stood former boxer Chris Eubank. And not far from both of them, dancer Wayne Sleep was releasing kisses to the stars on my vehicle.

That’s what Alan Titchmarsh meant by “surreal.”

Everyone who had ever been on stage, on a screen, in a stadium or a recording studio seemed to be there.

TV presenter Chris Tarrant, on a bus in the 70s, right behind us, winked at me and asked if I was okay.

Would you accept “yes” as my final answer or could I call a friend?

Not the view you normally have from the back of the bus
Not the view you normally have from the back of the bus

It seems that celebrities really like other celebrities. Not everyone can know each other. But that’s exactly how they greeted each other. Lots of hugs, air kisses and selfies. A LOT of selfies.

Many of my colleagues from Sky could list most, if not all, of the stars on the buses, but this was a real test of my knowledge from the A, B and C lists.

However, that was not a problem for the adoring crowd that lined the street.

While the celebrities let their hair down and their guards, the crowd went crazy.

You can’t see actor Rudolph Walker and hosts Kate Garraway and Anthea Turner dancing like no one is watching them every day. But they were.

Wayne Sleep and Sir Cliff Richard were on a bus from the 50s
Wayne Sleep and Sir Cliff Richard were on a bus from the 50s

Veteran broadcaster and DJ Tony Blackburn couldn’t stop smiling. I asked him who would be on the playlist for the queen. “Diana Ross and a lot of Motown,” he said without hesitation.

The concert at the palace gate on Saturday night gathered some of the biggest names in the world of music. I heard the commentator how only the queen could draw them to the same place at the same time.

It is the same with the People’s Election. Former decathlete Daley Thompson next to singer Tony Hadley? Pure gold.

And each of these celebrities enjoys every second.

They knew that this was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to enjoy the celebration like no other – almost everyone described themselves as “privileged” to be able to ride these buses on this special day.

It was a random, eclectic, crazy mix. Eccentric in a unique British way. An experience no one will forget.

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