A VISIT to Keighley was just the ticket for a young bus fan.

Eleven-year-old Kayden Firth was treated to a behind-the-scenes tour of the Keighley Bus Company depot.

The VIP visit came about following a chance meeting with the firm’s chief executive officer, Alex Hornby, last year.

Kayden, from Bradford, and mum Laura were among the first passengers on the new Flyer network when it was launched in August.

The service – operated by Keighley Bus Company parent firm, Transdev – links Bradford, Leeds and Harrogate with Leeds-Bradford Airport.

And also on that trip was Mr Hornby, who when he heard about Kayden’s enthusiasm for buses invited him to visit the depot.

Laura says Kayden, who has a learning disability, loved the experience.

“He was really excited,” she said.

“We were so pleased to be invited to visit the depot and see all the buses being looked after.

“Kayden is just crazy about buses – he loves everything about them. Everybody at the bus depot went out of their way to look after us and make sure we had a brilliant time – we were treated like VIPs.

“I can’t thank everyone at Keighley Bus Company enough for making this happen for Kayden. It’s a day he’ll remember for a very long time.”

Keighley Bus Company general manager, Alan Isherwood, said the firm was delighted to host the visit.

“We were really pleased to welcome Kayden and his mum to our Keighley depot for a tour behind the scenes,” he added.

“A lot happens to keep our buses running safely across the region – and I’m sure Kayden enjoyed seeing what goes on here.

“Kayden is clearly a big fan of our buses.

“It obviously meant a lot to him to enjoy a little bit of VIP treatment, and it meant a lot to us to be able to welcome him to the site.”