FLEETWOOD'S Tram Sunday, which almost went under last year, enjoys its 21st birthday this summer.

And organisers are promising to celebrate by making it bigger and better than ever.

Chairman Iain Johnstone announced the date of this year's transport festival as Sunday July 17 and said: "Because of the limited space, we have we can't cover any more area, but we can have different features and even more interesting things.

"We have some great ideas and we will be making some accouncements about those nearer the time."

He said that the festival may feature "character" cars which have appeared in films.

The festival was in danger of folding last year because of a shortage of people to organise and help out on the day and two crisis meetings were needed before sufficient hands were found to keep it on the road.

Mr Johnstone said the workers they had found last year were enabling them to improve the festival this time.

There will be a return by internaonally known wildlife and transport artist David Shepherd and the range of vehicles will include buses, vintage cars, lorries, motor bikes and veteran trams.

There will also be a two-day model railway exhibition over the weekend and a gathering of town criers from across the country.

The day will include a civic procession at 11.30am.

The event still welcomes more people to help steward the event and those interested can contact Mr Johnstone on (01253) 873336.