Mr Vegas Visits Wyre Dock
John Woodman, Frank Heald, Colin MacLeod
A squally rain cloud overcast afternoon was an appropriate backdrop to a planned visit by Johnny Vegas and his team player Beverley, together with a filming cameraman adept at prolonging set directing in all weather. The purpose of the visit was to take a firsthand look at the Trust's trams stored at Wyre Dock. A very well known and popular television 'personality' Mr Vegas has a very strong commitment to preserving old vehicles which translates into a 'glamping' scheme involving all kinds of vans and example of Malta's colourful buses, all being used as unique accommodation venues.
Having been made aware of the Trust's ongoing search for 'caring' homes for its now rustic collection of classic Blackpool trams, the need for a firsthand viewing of the trams at Wyre Dock was very much on the agenda. Frank Heald, together with Colin MacLeod were on hand with the writer to provide background commentary on the trams and respond to questions on their condition and potential. Fortunately after heavy rain during the first half of the day - the skies cleared to allow some respite during the extended visit.
Below : The Boys in the Band : Colin MacLeod, Johnny Vegas, Frank Heald and John Woodman line up for an obligatory roll call in front of Brush Car 637 which was given especial attention by the visiting delegation and film crew.
Mr Vegas departs with some souvenirs of Blackpool's 'Lights' - note Stanley Kubrick with camera filming in the background. Below : Colin MacLeod tests out one of his jokes on our visitor outside the fence.
All photos : copyright John Woodman and FHLT