Classic Tram To Celebrate Club's HistoryA classic Blackpool tram will celebrate the Town’s football history as part of the 2015 Illuminations season - and supporters can see their names alongside images of some of the club’s favourite players.
Local group and registered charity Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust (FHLT) have worked with Blackpool Council’s Illuminations Department team to place trams on the Promenade as part of the annual display for the past three years, and from this September they will be presenting a tangerine tram in recognition of Blackpool FC and its fans.
Preparations are now at an advanced stage and the design of the tram will feature the heroes of the club’s famous 1953 FA Cup win and Ian Holloway’s Premier League stars, among many other famous names.
John Woodman, Trustee of the FHLT, not to be confused with the Business Development Manager at Bloomfield Road of the same name, said: “Blackpool FC has such an enduring connection with the town through all that has been achieved over the years that we thought one of the special trams in our collection would make an eye-catching addition to the Illuminations.”
Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust is underwriting the costs of the presentation along with a number of commercial sponsors, and there is an opportunity for fans to play their part too. Areas on each side of the tram will say ‘We Are All Seasiders’ where for a donation of £15 supporters names will be added and on display to the public. More information and how to donate can be found at the Trust’s website www.tramtalk.co.uk or by picking up a form from the football club shop and ticket office.
The football club is assisting the Trust with images and publicity, including the official launch at the Blackpool FC home game with Nottingham Forest on Saturday. Blackpool Council are providing technical support through the Illuminations department and manager Richard Ryan said: “The Illuminations are famous all over the world and we’re delighted the club is being recognised as an important part of it. We look forward to working with the Trust on this project.”
Cllr. Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s cabinet member for tourism and leisure, said: “Celebrating the club’s famous and proud history is something that I’m sure the whole town can get behind. I can’t wait to see the design the group come up with.”
The tram is to be revealed at a special ceremony attended by players, past & present and supporters as part of the ‘Ride The Lights’ event in the week before the 2015 Illuminations are switched on.