Stafford dog gets his own special Virgin Trains uniform
A train-spotting dog who has been a regular fixture at Stafford railway station for nine years has now had his very own uniform made.
Jake the dog has gone along to watch the carriages roll in on an almost daily basis for the best part of a decade with owner Neil McNamara.
He has been so many times that Virgin Trains now consider him to be 'one of the family' and having launched a brand new range of uniform for its staff, they decided to make one for Jake as well.
Mr McNamara said: "Jake’s always had a love and fascination for Virgin’s trains, he doesn’t bark for any other.
"His daily trip to the station is a real highlight for him. Over nine years he’s become a mascot for the regular passengers and we’re excited for him to show off his special uniform."
The new uniform for workers is 'body-neutral' so it caters for every gender, size and shape while, Jake has had his own tailored creation.
It has all been created by British designers Wayne Hemingway MBE and Geraldine Hemingway MBE.
Mr Hemingway said: "The uniform took two years to make as we were determined to end up with designs that included significant input from the Virgin Trains team and were fully tested so as to be practical for their roles.
"We have also ensured that this is a collection with up to ten combinations in the knowledge that the Virgin Trains team are not “uniform” and quite rightly wanted to let their individual personalities shine through.
"The wide range lets Virgin Trains staff choose what they feel comfortable in and we hope they all wear their uniforms proudly, including trainspotting dog Jake, who is sure to turn some heads in his stylish piece."