Trams provide a holiday treat for Mancunians

One of Blackpool's heritage trams
One of Blackpool's heritage trams
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Visitors to Manchester will be able to celebrate Blackpool’s unique transport history.

The spirit of the resort is to be recreated at a number of locations in the city as part of a festival of transport.

Events take place between August 8 and 9 at the Bury Transport Museum, Heaton Park and the Museum of Transport in Manchester.

Visitors can board a steam train and journey from Manchester Exchange (Bury) to Blackpool Central (Rawtenstall) at the East Lancashire Railway and enjoy rides on the children’s fun fair at Bury Transport Museum.

At Heaton Park three Blackpool trams will be transporting passengers through the park where visitors can have a donkey ride and build sandcastles on a specially-created sandy beach.

The Museum of Transport will display several buses that would have been used on trips to Blackpool as well as photographs of the vehicles in action.

There will also be special displays of postcards and other items at the People’s History Museum and Manchester’s Central Library.

And there is a special displays of postcards and other items at the People’s History Museum and Manchester’s Central Library.

Keith Whitmore, Chairman of Greater Manchester’s Transport Heritage, said: “Manchester and the surrounding communities have long-standing links with Blackpool.

“These links go back to the earliest day trips in Victorian times and seaside holidays throughout the last century.

“Many people will recall queueing for the X60 coaches and buses from Manchester to the resort and they’ll also remember the countless steam excursion trains that ran each day during the summer months.

“Our fondness for the great British seaside is still very much apparent and we are delighted to showcase the UK’s holiday heritage as part of this city wide weekend event.”