New bus carries tribute to James Ledward

Graham Robson November 29, 2020

A bus named after the late editor of Gscene, James Ledward, has been launched.

Arranged by his long-time friend and colleague Billie Lewis, and Brighton & Hove Buses, the number 1 service will travel past the new Ledward Centre and through St James’s Street – the heart of LGBTQ+ Brighton.

Martin Harris, managing director of Brighton & Hove Buses, said: “James’s contribution to Brighton’s LGBTQ+ community was huge. He continuously lobbied the government so that the LGBTQ+ community got its fair share of money to fight HIV and Aids and then he gave that community a voice when he founded Gscene. We’re proud to have his name on the front of one of our new buses.”

Billie Lewis added: “I was delighted to be able to work on this project with Brighton & Hove Buses from the beginning with James’ wonderful sister Ros and his much loved husband Besi. James is still desperately missed within the community and knowing his bus is on the route that goes near the new Ledward Centre and through the LGBTQ+ village is very comforting. I did chuckle to myself hearing him shout out ‘Do you want some onions to go with that mince?’ every time the stop bell is pushed!”