Screen Shot 2015-12-17 at 09.34.27Christmas has come early for North Tyneside resident Diane Vallely after entering a competition from local bus operator Stagecoach North East, and she is now the proud owner of an iPad!

33-year-old Diane from Forest Hall entered the company’s ‘Club 22’ competition, launched in November to promote the new 22 bus service to Cobalt Park and Silverlink, with 22 prizes up for grabs, including a £100 and £20 retail vouchers and free monthly or weekly bus travel.

To enter the competition, Diane, who works at Cobalt Park for EE, had to give a reason why the number 22 was connected to her, for the chance to enter the prize draw and win the top prize. Diane had some excellent reasons, as she explains: “After reading about the competition I laughed to myself, as I must have heard the kids say ‘Mam’ 22 times that morning before I even left the school yard, and my address also includes the number 22.

“I couldn’t believe it when I got the email to say I’d won the iPad Air…I shouted I’d won an iPad to my family and my husband gave me that look thinking I’d fallen for some scam!

“We don’t currently have an iPad in our household and both of our children had been asking for one this Christmas so they’re really excited for it coming. Thank you so much! I have two very happy children!”

John Simmons, 47 from Gosforth, who works at G4S Utilities at Cobalt Park, won a week’s free bus travel, which he is going to donate to a friend as he cycles to work. He said: “I bought a rugby shirt for training in many years ago, as I used to play, and it has the number 22 on the back, so I thought why not have a go! I didn’t expect to win so it is a nice surprise.”