Was this Fleetwood’s best ever Tram Sunday?

Tens of thousands of revellers packed into Fleetwood yesterday for the port’s annual Tram Sunday.

The festival, which brings between one and two million pounds into the town each year, saw parades, stalls and the wonder of transport take over the streets.

Fleetwood Tram Sunday Mark Whitaker on his hippo

Fleetwood Tram Sunday Mark Whitaker on his hippo

Organiser Robert Brown said: “I didn’t think we could do any better than last year,but it looks like the figures this year are better than every previous year.

“The general feedback from stallholders is that they’ve had a good day.”

The event, officially know as the Fleetwood Festival of Transport, featured a huge display of classic cars and other vintage 
vehicles on Lord Street.

The highlight of the day was the spectacular parade down London Street, Lord Street, Victoria Street, Mount Road and The Esplanade to the Marine Hall.

It is thought between 70,000 and 80,000 people visited the port for the festivities.

Mr Brown said: “You couldn’t get down the street, it was that packed. The visitor numbers are what the town needs to try and get increased footfall for the businesses.”

Mr Brown has also raised tentative hopes for an expanded festival next year, adding: “It’d be nice if we could have a weekend event then more people would get a chance of seeing everything they want.”

Tourists and locals alike enjoyed the spectacle, including Garry and James Rayner, from Meadow Crescent, Poulton.

Ten-year-old James said: “I’ve found it really interesting because there’s a lot of different things to look at. There could be a few more trams though, there were more cars than trams.”

Garry, 47, added: “There’s a reasonable amount of stuff to see.

“It’s good for the town because it brings more people here than any other day of the year.”

Diane Thompson, 58, from Abercrombie Road, said: “It’s brilliant and a lot better this year, there’s lots to see.”

Six-year-old Harriet Whitaker added: “It’s good, I like the carousels.”