Celebrating a decade of theatre and fun – for all

Jackie Hamilton, Mayor's consort, John Hamilton, Charlotte Hamilton, Mayor of Wyre Councillor Alice Collinson and Michael Hamilton.
Jackie Hamilton, Mayor's consort, John Hamilton, Charlotte Hamilton, Mayor of Wyre Councillor Alice Collinson and Michael Hamilton.

Glitz and glamour marked the 10th anniversary of TramShed theatre charity.

The organisation was the first of its kind in the local area – bringing together individuals from across the community through theatre. Over the last decade, TramShed has staged 18 inclusive performances and written more than 90 original musical compositions. It is the group’s mission to challenge stereotypes, embrace difference and create an inclusive platform for members to thrive.

Archie Hudson, Jack Taylor, Tina Heeney and Charlie Hudson.

Archie Hudson, Jack Taylor, Tina Heeney and Charlie Hudson.

The 10th anniversary event took place at Viva Showbar, Blackpool, attended by members, volunteers, staff, trustees and guests. Among the 134 guests were The Mayor of Wyre, Coun Alice Collinson and her consort Jonathan Collinson.

The night included a buffet, speeches and a raffle. Dedication awards were presented to members and staff and there was entertainment from table magician – Jack Shields, a photo booth provided by Passport to Fun and disco.

Zac Hackett, arts team co-ordinator, said: “Although it was always our dream for TramShed to succeed, little did we realise the depth of that success and how many individuals we would reach out to over those 10 years.

“The road to operating as a charity isn’t always easy and we haven’t been without our struggles.

Ruth Chribbett, Derek Russell, Millie Rose Morgan and Emma Wheeler.

Ruth Chribbett, Derek Russell, Millie Rose Morgan and Emma Wheeler.

“But I truly believe the team work, dedication, passion and inclusive vision from our amazing team and members has ensured TramShed is now not only celebrating its 10th anniversary, but has become an organisation which is respected, celebrated and supported by a huge following within our local and wider community.

“It’s an honour to lead the team at TramShed and I am continually inspired by the wonderful members.”

Linda Nolan – patron of the charity, was unable to attend the event, due to illness – but she said: “When I came along to the TramShed meetings and met so many fabulous volunteers and members, in no time at all, I felt a part of this amazing group and when Zac asked me to be a patron, I was thrilled and accepted immediately.

“When I can, I love to come to see the productions, and it’s a joy to see TramShed on-stage. I am so proud to be a sponsor.”

John Goodall, Louise Seed, Lorraine Ball and Rebecca McGurty.

John Goodall, Louise Seed, Lorraine Ball and Rebecca McGurty.

Tinna Murray, Angela Murphy, Zac Hackett and Vicky Spencer.

Tinna Murray, Angela Murphy, Zac Hackett and Vicky Spencer.

Michael, Jasmine, Samuel and Jemma Boughton.

Michael, Jasmine, Samuel and Jemma Boughton.