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MARGARET SHERIDAN - In Memorium

The tragic death on Monday this week of Margaret Sheridan, a member of staff of Waterstones bookshop in Blackpool, deserves our sympathy and respects to her family. Always friendly, helpful and courteous she had especial responsibility for dealing with local authors and ensuring their books were given the most advantageous display. Both myself and Steve Palmer were very well acquainted with Margaret over recent years, and it is a result of her work that Waterstones always had current titles from our respective efforts – on view and on sale in their Blackpool store. The circumstances of her death are now the subject of investigation and made all the more tragic for us, as she was leaving th

TRAM DEPOT AT RISK IN HIGH WINDS

It comes as no surprise to the many critics who voiced their concerns over the siting of Blackpool’s new tram depot at an exposed point abutting the seawall at Starr Gate – at risk to high tides, salt air and now it seems – high winds. Saturday morning January 10th amid the gales sweeping across much of the UK (or at least the northern half of country) a sudden gust started to peel off a front section of the depot roof. Trams were immediately ordered to limit their southern bound journeys to the Pleasure Beach turning circle and a pile up of at least four Bombardier cars ensued due to other problems experienced elsewhere on the seafront line. Witnessed by Colin MacLeod and John Woodman

BUSY YEAR AHEAD!

The seasonal festivities are almost behind us with thoughts turning to the year ahead. We are finalising War and Austerity and expect to publish this title in February, along with a short run of the Blackpool Corporation Tramways Motor Bus story from 1921 to 1933. Volume Five of Tribute to Rigby Road Works is now waiting for some further new developments on the bus side of Blackpool Transport which may take us to Easter. Much of this title has been formatted but the final months in 2014 and pending news awaits official sanction. The book will follow the same format as Volumes 1 and 2. Attention will turn shortly to both Blackpool’s Desert Bus – the story of how (and why) a Blackpool Cor

Working to conserve for display, trams and artefacts of the longstanding coastal tramway serving Blackpool, Thornton Cleveleys and Fleetwood.

 

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