Letters - November 15, 2011

Lancastrian Transport Trust Photo CD'A Coronation Tram on North Promenade blackpool
Lancastrian Transport Trust Photo CD'A Coronation Tram on North Promenade blackpool
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BLACKPOOL Transport needs to capitalise on its heritage and not work against the charities trying to protect its special vehicles.

Trams owned by the Lancastrian Transport Trust are threatened with scrap soon, if they are not moved from BT’s Rigby Road site.

But hold on a second.

When opened in 1935, this depot doubled as an exhibition hall, with a special entrance in Kirby Road.

Trams like the Rocket and pioneer Coronation are ideal exhibits, so why does BT and Blackpool Council want rid?

Blackpool can follow several European cities by offering a first-class transport, science and history museum in an original depot setting – appealing to all ages and not just tram fans.

The LTT should be encouraged to bring in other historic artefacts which are normally hidden away.

Connection to the main tramway and a demonstration track is already available, so it is daft for trams to be forced somewhere they cannot turn a wheel, and a pointless cost to the charity.

Space is available at hand at Rigby Road, now the old fleet has been reduced and the council has plenty of land nearby for other development.

New visitor attractions cost money and no one seems to have much at the moment, including the council, but safeguarding these trams for the future costs very little, and common sense costs nothing.

PAUL ROBATHAN

Davenport Avenue

Bispham

WHAT a wonderful evening we had at the Charlie Landsborough show at the Opera House.

He kept the audience spellbound with his lovely voice.

We were also fortunate enough to meet him backstage before the show. Also it was lovely to hear Charlie’s son Jamie singing with them and to also meet him.

Hope he comes back to Blackpool again soon.

BRENDA BOWYER

Huddersfield

ONCE again this year, the Remembrance Day service at the Promenade Cenotaph showed the best of Blackpool, especially in relation to the children and young people from their youth organisations.

The highly successful Air Training Corps and the sea cadets were joined by army and St John Ambulance cadets, scout and guide leaders who, while showing their respect and tribute to the armed forces present and past, reminded us as to whose future we are striving to secure.

Congratulations also to the volunteers who ensure our local groups continue to bring children and young people into focus on occasions such as this, when parents and the wider community are justifiably proud of their participation.

GEORGE HOLDEN

Chairman

Blackpool Council of Voluntary Youth Service

I WAS impressed with the people of Blackpool respecting the two minutes’ silence on Friday November 11.

How is it that the music in Birley Street was not silenced?

How disrespectful of whomever is responsible for this oversight.

DIANA THOMAS

Gosforth Road

Blackpool