A MINIBUS which serves a Hampshire community has been given a sparkling lick of paint.

Alresford Town Trustees have decided to refurbish and respray the minibus which they have used since 2008.

The work on the bus, which has done 102,000 miles, was carried out by Spraytek at Fareham and it now looks as good as new in a highway yellow paint with the Town Trust logo on the front.

Since its refurbishment this bus has been in constant use and hired out for outings by the Wine Circle, Alresford Historical Society, Mothers Union, Ropley Fellowship and many more private events.

The Trustees now realise there are untapped requirements for two Minibuses, as well as giving cover for any breakdown or servicing that will be required in the future.

Pam Stevens says that there are a few residents who prefer the old Minibus and are quite happy to use it on outings. The main problem at the moment is a lack of volunteer drivers, although some of the hirers provide their own qualified drivers.

The Treasurer and Chair Robin Atkins is confident in recouping the refurbishment cost of £2,600 within the next 12 months, and hopes that the old Minibus will last a further three years.