Blackpool To Be Represented At 2015 Illuminations
With the backing of local individuals and community groups, work is well under way on a classic Blackpool FC tram which will celebrate the town's football history during the 2015 illuminations.
Fleetwood charity Heritage Leisure Trust (FHLT) are working with Blackpool Council Lightworks, with the aim to install the tram near the Pleasure Beach ahead of the illumination season.
The project will see Tram 641 repainted in tangerine, displaying a gallery of images from the club’s history, along with messages of goodwill and the names of fans and sponsors on the exterior.
John Woodman, of FHLT, said: “We’re all local residents and Blackpool fans too, so it’s about celebrating nearly 130 years of football in the town and that means the ups and downs.”
Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust is underwriting the costs of the presentation, and members of the public, community groups and businesses who would like to know more and offer their support are advised to visit the website www.tramtalk.co.uk. Forms are also available from the Bloomfield Road ticket office and club shop, with donations starting at just £15.
Sisters Sue Clifford and Sharon Baldwin have made a donation to the project in memory of their mother Hazel Cooper, who passed away in March 2014 aged 82. Hazel was a loyal Seasider, who attended the FA Cup finals in 1948, 1951 and 1953, as well as Blackpool's two visits to Wembley for The Championship play-off finals.
Sue Clifford added: “Mum loved Blackpool, especially the illuminations and the football club, so we felt it would be fitting to have her name alongside images of some of the club’s favourite players. What could be a better memorial.”