Bus stop brings love for Gloucester Road couple

A very ordinary bus stop on Bristol’s Gloucester Road has a very special meaning for Aly and Michala Hussien.

When their friend, Tat Mersy, realised that the stop on the Promenade was due to be replaced she wrote to Bristol City Council explaining that Aly and Micheala met through the stop and that they would really appreciate a part of the stop as a momento of their romantic beginnings.

The bus stop for services heading north along the A38 and located outside Aly’s business, the Blue Lagoon, is due to be replaced as part of an improvement scheme currently being implemented on The Promenade, Gloucester Road. The seat and bus stop flag will now be handed over to Aly and Micheala thanks to the special request to Bristol City Council following a letter drop in the area about the work.

Deputy Mayor Cllr Geoffery Gollop said: “Amazing and wonderful things can happen at bus stops.  As well as being a place of shelter and information they can spark all kinds of new social interactions. I’m delighted that Bristol City Council with Clear Channel are able to help Aly and Michala mark the start of their romance in this way.”

Aly spotted Michala eight years ago as she regularly waited for her bus at the stop after leaving her job in a nearby flower shop. He said: “Every day I used to see her at the same time in the same place and really wanted to get to know her so one day I took the opportunity to say hello. Our daily chats led to me asking her out properly.  We’ve now been married for three years but I’ll never forget how we met and it’s wonderful that we can keep a little bit of our history forever.”

Tat Mersy wrote to Bristol City Council’s Passenger Transport team asking for the old stop to be handed over to the couple.  She wrote: “Whilst I don’t object to its being relocated I would ask you to spare a thought for Mr Aly and Mrs Michala Hussien. Aly has run the successful Blue Lagoon Bar for years and met and wooed his future wife, Michala, at that bus stop outside the bar.

“Michala has said that seeing the bus stop go is very emotional for them both.
“Could you possibly find it in your hearts to gift them a small piece of the bus stop? I know they would be very touched at such a generous gesture from the council.”

Mark Webb, Operations Director at Clear Channel UK who supply city council bus shelters said: “Both Bristol City Council and Clear Channel thought that Ali and Michala’s story was fantastic. We’re delighted to provide them with a little piece of the bus shelter as a memento of the start of their relationship.”

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