A local commuter says she’s devastated by the impending loss of the iconic seat design on Hurstbridge Line trains, oddly claiming that the pattern has played an important role in her life. Helen Lipinski found out about the demise of the infamous seat coverings this week, and hopes that she at least gets a few more months to bid a proper farewell.

Speaking exclusively to The Watsonia Bugle, Lipinski said, “I’m devastated to be honest. Believe it or not, that design has formed a significant part of the rich tapestry of my life. It’s been with me through some enormous change in my life. It never judges or mocks, it’s just always there. A constant, through thick and thin.”

While she did concede that the pattern caused issues on the odd occasion she endured a morning commute whilst hideously hungover, Lipinski claimed it was a small price to pay. She said, “Yeah sure, if you’re a bit under the weather it can make your head spin even more and induce vomiting a little quicker than it would naturally occur, but that’s okay. Whenever I get on a train from a different line, and they have a different covering, it just doesn’t feel right.”

Perhaps Lipinski will be keen to get herself one of those t-shirts that has immortalised the iconic design. You can grab one right here.