Lasting tribute to real stalwart

Alderman Edmund Wynne (far left) and his son Robert Wynne next to the tram named in his honour. Below: Edmund Wynne (left) at the launch of the Twin Car Tram in the late 1950s.
Alderman Edmund Wynne (far left) and his son Robert Wynne next to the tram named in his honour. Below: Edmund Wynne (left) at the launch of the Twin Car Tram in the late 1950s.
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ONE of Blackpool’s foremost community leaders has been honoured by having a tram named after him.

Edmund Wynne, who turns 96 next week, served on Blackpool Council for 38 years and was recognised during a ceremony yesterday.

Edmund Wynne (left) at the launch of the Twin Car Tram in the late 1950's.

Edmund Wynne (left) at the launch of the Twin Car Tram in the late 1950's.

The tram, now known as the Alderman E.E. Wynne, was unveiled at Blackpool Transport’s Starr Gate depot and is the first of 16 from the new fleet to be given a title.

Mr Wynne’s son Robert, who is himself a former councillor and mayor, said: “I can’t think of a nicer honour and it’s so kind of Blackpool Transport and the council to do this for my father.

“When they said they’d like to name a tram after him I was just thrilled and I knew it would cheer him up, because my mother died last year and he’s not in the best of health.

“He’s always been a big fan of trams and there’s no one who loves Blackpool more than my father does.”

Mr Wynne also previously served as chairman of Blackpool Transport for six years.

Council leader Simon Blackburn, who came up with the idea, said: “There are that many people who have contributed to Blackpool one couldn’t possibly name a tram after them all, but in Edmund Wynne’s case I think that was the right thing to do and I think it’ll be a lasting tribute to him.”

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