All aboard for vintage fun!

Primary pupils Olivia Simms, Lily Holt-Milson, Lauren Powell, Lewis Sloane, Jacob Aspinall and Ellie Mackle in the playground and (below) one of Blackpool's vintage trams.

Primary pupils Olivia Simms, Lily Holt-Milson, Lauren Powell, Lewis Sloane, Jacob Aspinall and Ellie Mackle in the playground and (below) one of Blackpool's vintage trams.

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WEARY-EYED children may grow sick of the sight of the school bus every morning.

But now pupils at Anchorsholme Primary School will be eager to see a different kind of transport when the bell rings for class every morning.

One of Blackpool's vintage trams.

One of Blackpool's vintage trams.

The school has applied for planning permission to install a disused vintage tram in its playground, which it intends to use as an extra learning space.

And excited children say they can’t wait to get on board.

Ten-year-old pupil Zac Crowe, who lives in Elswick, said: “We’re going to have a tram in the yard.

“It’s really good and creative because we need space to learn and hopefully we’ll get to learn in it.

“It’s good for the imagination and it’ll attract new people to the school as well.

Matthew Lawton, 10, of Athlone Avenue, Bispham, said: “I like trams because you can get lots of people in them.

“It’s not like a car and it’s a good use of petrol.”

Lucy Richards, 10, of Swann Drive, Anchorsholme, said: “I absolutely love trams because I can look out the window at all the sights around.”

Gracie Garrick, 10, of Guildford Avenue, Norbreck, added: “Having lessons in there will be quite good.”

Should planning permission be granted the tram will also act as changing facilities for those wishing to use the school’s playing fields.

Headteacher Graeme Dow says the installation would benefit the entire area and not just pupils.

He said: “It will create an unusual kind of space and the kids are intrigued as to what this will offer.

“As a school we want to develop our community facilities and members of the public will be able to use it eventually.”

Anchorsholme councillor Tony Williams came up with the idea and it will be paid for with £3,000 of his ward budget.

He said: “It gives children a great classroom and it’s preserving the history of Blackpool too.”

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