Lancashire

Inmates from Kirkham Prison to restore Blackpool trams

John Woodman with one of the trams that will be refurbished
Image caption John Woodman said the Blackpool trams were as famous as the tower

Inmates at a prison in Lancashire are to work with tram enthusiasts to refurbish two heritage Blackpool trams.

Blackpool Corporation Transport bought 20 of the trams in 1937, which ran to Fleetwood until 2005.

The two trams, which have since been bought by the Friends of Fleetwood Trams, are now being taken to Kirkham Prison for the restoration.

The traditional tram service between Blackpool and Fleetwood has since finished.

A new light rail service is expected to begin next year.

John Woodman, from the Friends of Fleetwood, said having the co-operation of the prison service was "a massive bonus".

He said he hoped the inmates would also help to refurbish the Victorian tram depot in Copse Road, which the group want to turn into a museum.

Mr Woodman said: "The trams in this depot are as famous as Blackpool Tower.

"Somewhere along the Fylde coast there needs to be a visitor attraction in which they can be displayed for future generations, and that's our intention."

Inmates at Kirkham Prison have previously restored a boat for Donna's Dream House, a holiday home in Blackpool for seriously ill children.

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