On track for a royal tribute

Ted Gray (left) and Carl Stubbs with the Diamond Jubilee Tram.

Ted Gray (left) and Carl Stubbs with the Diamond Jubilee Tram.

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INMATES at HMP Kirkham are poised to reveal their tribute to the Queen in her Diamond Jubilee year.

A special jubilee tram is being completed at the prison, with the backing of the Fleetwood Heritage Leisure Trust.

And the veteran tram is almost ready to be rolled out to a site near Blackpool Pleasure Beach where it will remain on display during this year’s Illuminations centenary.

The tram – number 290 – was the last to run to North Station from Fleetwood in October 1963 when trams were still running along Dickson Road.

Work is well advanced on the refurbishment of the vehicle which is getting a new coat of paint and jubilee-themed decoration.

Murals from students at Fleetwood schools and Blackpool and The Fylde College will decorate the windows and the driver’s window will show changing images of the Queen.

It is expected the tram will leave the prison before the end of this month.

Trust chairman John Woodman said: “A special track has been prepared at the Pleasure Beach tram terminus so the Diamond Jubilee Tram can be seen by visitors to the Illuminations.

“The trust has funded this initiative entirely through private contributions and without recourse to external sponsorship.

“We also have another car from this class which it is intended to comprehensively restore, again with the involvement of Kirkham Prison.”