Blackpool Heritage Trams receive prestigious award
The Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours has been recognised for its outstanding contribution to British heritage and for services to the public. The voluntary group, part of the wider Blackpool Transport operation, has received the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Services, the highest honour a voluntary organisation can receive.
Created in 2002 to honour the Queen’s Golden Jubilee, recipients of the award are announced on the 2nd June. There are only 230 organisations who can receive the award each year, which includes attending an award ceremony and an invite to the Queen’s Garden Party in 2021 for two representatives.
In an announcement made by Blackpool Transport this morning, Bryan Lindop, Head of Heritage, said that “having worked with this remarkable and talented group of volunteers now for over 5 years, it fills me with great pride to see them achieve this pinnacle of national recognition. It takes a lot of dedication, commitment, sheer grit and determination to maintain the high standard of excellence that they have become renowned for. The volunteers, the community that they serve and indeed the nations heritage adoring public who come to Blackpool to benefit from the sheer feel good factor that the heritage tram tours create are inspiring new generations to cherish and appreciate their heritage; to participate in something culturally unique and life affirming, and by doing so, ensuring that future generations will be able to continue to enjoy this inspiring public amenity.”
Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours have been suspended until further notice during the coronavirus pandemic, however updates and news can be found on their website and Facebook accounts.