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Centenary Car 643 takes its leave

The post BTS saga of this Centenary car took another turn with its departure from the Wyre Dock storage site of the FHLT. Originally acquired by the Partington Family who own both Broadwater and Windy Harbour Caravan Parks Number 643 was uniquely treated to a very impressive repaint in Blackpool Corporation Transport cream and green colours during its initial display at Broadwater. Its interior was altered to provide for table top installation and a small central servery as a themed cafe. For operational reasons this work was not fully completed and the tram gifted to the FHLT where it joined sister Centenary Car 641.

Whilst 641 acquired a new role itself in 2015 to celebrate the longevity of Blackpool Football Club 643 was intended to become a practical asset for a good cause. The example of the classroom tram at Anchorsholme School may have had a bearing on the eventual solution now at hand for 643. Under private arrangements the tram is destined to become a special needs school feature well away from the Fylde coast. It is intended that 643 will receive a further refit in a professional railway facility in the West Midlands before installation at a future date.

Centenary Car 643 prepared for collection from Wyre Dock with thoughtful destinations in place.

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