The shelter in Littleham, which received three buses a day, was officially opened by 93-year-old Aileen Babcock.

Trevor Brookes, who spruced up the shelter with a lick of paint, and his memorial plaque. Pic: Graham Hobbs.Trevor Brookes, who spruced up the shelter with a lick of paint, and his memorial plaque. Pic: Graham Hobbs.

IT may have been pouring with rain but more than 30 villagers in Littleham turned out to celebrate the re-opening its newly refurbished bus shelter.

And there was even a special appearance from the Red Arrows – courtesy of some cardboard cut-outs of the famous flyers.

Celebrations of the opening, refurbished thanks to local resident Trevor Brookes, included a fanfare, ribbon cutting and singing.

The ribbon was cut by ‘celebrity’ opener Aileen Babcock, 93, who has lived in the village near Bideford her whole life.

She was presented with a bouquet of flowers as a thank you, and a plaque to thank Mr Brookes was placed on the shelter.

Mr Brookes said: “I was fed-up with the bus shelter looking like a Second World War bunker and so decided to paint it despite my wife Jan saying the house needed doing.”

The shelter receives three buses a day.