Students add personal touch to special tram

How the Diamond Jubilee Tram, being prepared for this year's Illuminations, might look with the students' artworks in the windows.
How the Diamond Jubilee Tram, being prepared for this year's Illuminations, might look with the students' artworks in the windows.
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PATRIOTIC images created by Fylde coast pupils will be dazzling passengers on the Golden Mile this autumn on the side of a special tram.

These stunning pictures show how the Diamond Jubilee tram will look when it takes to The Promenade as part of this year’s Illuminations display.

The vehicle will be decorated with 10 images in its windows representing Great Britain and the Queen’s 60-year reign.

They have been designed by students from Blackpool and the Fylde College, Fleetwood High and Cardinal Allen High School and show typically British scenes, including a 50p coin, Blackadder, The Ashes and, of course, The Queen.

Sam Biddle, 18, from Blackpool and the Fylde College students was thrilled to have his design of wedding rings chosen. He said: “The Royal Wedding was a big event so I researched weddings and came up with the rings with the crowns on them.

“I was surprised to be picked but my mum is really happy and looking forward to seeing it.”

Classmate Lorna Margerison, 17, will also have her John Lennon design on the side of the tram. She said: “I’m a fan of the Beatles and they were iconic during the Queen’s reign.

“It’s so good to hear it will be featured on the Jubilee Tram. My family are all really pleased too.”

The tram will take centre stage in this year’s Illuminations and will be placed alongside the tram tracks opposite the Pleasure Beach.

Coun Graham Cain, Blackpool Council’s Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture, said: “These new images look superb and it’s great to see young people getting involved with the Diamond Jubilee tram.

“They should all feel very proud of their work and I hope they’re all excited to see it in lights come August.

“We are pleased to be working with the Heritage Leisure Trust to incorporate this tram in the Illuminations’ display.

“Kirkham Prison have been involved in the project too.”

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