Bus named after community campaigner Chris Cooke

To celebrate the work of local campaigner and active member of various charities and groups Chris Cooke, who passed away in February, Brighton & Hove Buses has named one of its new Service 1 buses in his honour.

Chris Cooke was a well-known activist in the Kemptown and St James’s Street areas of Brighton campaigning both for the local neighbourhoods and for gay rights.

There was widespread shock when 48-year-old Mr Cooke died in February 2016 following a fire on the 13th floor of the Essex Place tower block off Montague Street.Brighton & Hove Buses - New bus named in honour of Chris Cooke

Chris Cooke was connected with a large number of organisations including being a former trustee of Spectrum, the LGBT umbrella strategy group and chairing the fund raising committee of the Rainbow Fund. He also chaired the Eastern Road partnership and the tenants association at Essex Place working tirelessly on neighbourhood and community policing.

He was a founder member and the first chair of the St James’s Community Action Group and secretary of the area action group and was an active member in the Friends of Queen’s Park as well as organising the Kemptown in Bloom contest.

Chris Cooke had chaired the Brighton and Hove LGBT community safety forum and supported the Gay Business Forum and was a columnist for the Kemptown Rag.

Bus company managing director Martin Harris said: “We’re really pleased to be able to honour Chris Cooke in this way. He’s done so much for the local community including his work as an LGBT campaigner. It’s very fitting that we can name a bus after him on service 1 which runs through the heart of Kemptown.”

Brighton & Hove Buses - New Bus named after Chris Cooke