CAMPAIGN TO SAVE LAST VICTORIAN TRAM SHED ON THE FYLDE

A CAMPAIGN to restore the last remaining Victorian tram shed on the Fylde coast is underway.

Members of the Friends of Fleetwood Trams want to renovate the unique building located behind Copse Road, Fleetwood, and return it to its former glory housing the tram famously used in TV soap Coronation Street when character Alan Bradley met his end in 1989.

Tram enthusiast John Woodman is leading the campaign which has received support from local businesses and organisations including backing from the Victorian Society.

Mr Woodman explained: "We are determined to save the tram shed and restore it to its former glory. It is a historic structure - a cathedral to the advent of electrical power and testament to one of the oldest electric tramways in the world.

"The building has beautiful arched glass windows and retains a lot of its original features including an internal sub-station which controlled the power between Fleetwood and Thorntongate tramway with its original control panels and electric switches.

"We are looking to restore this buiilding at no cost to the public purse so it can become a heritage attraction for the benefit of the local community."

The tram shed was opened in 1897, the Diamond Jubilee year of Queen Victoria. Once restored, it is hoped that it will house a number of trams including the one used in Coronation Street.













Twelve provided a hot pot supper for a meeting of the Friends of Fleetwood Trams in the tram shed last month.  Caroline Upton of Twelve said: "We are always keen to support local community initiatives."