The Blackpool Heritage Trust are appealing for volunteers to help sell copies of a booklet produced to help raise vital funds to preserve the town’s tramway heritage. The Trust are hoping to station volunteers at Pleasure Beach to offer books for sale to people who are queuing for a tour of the illuminations, in order to capitalise on the busiest weeks of the season which are almost upon us.
The booklet entitled ‘Blackpool Heritage Tram Tours… the story so far’ was published recently and is priced at a modest £5, with £4.50 from every book sold going towards the upkeep of the heritage tram fleet. The Trust are now aiming to sell even more copies by targeting the queuing hoards who wait for a tour of the lights each evening at the Pleasure Beach heritage tram stop, with the added bonus that it is hoped to offer one or two volunteer book sellers a free ride on the last tour of the night, so long as there are seats available. This once again shows the level of gratitude that exists for supporters of the heritage fleet and will hopefully provide further incentive for volunteers to come forward.
Anyone wishing to offer their services (if only for one or two nights) is advised to email firstname.lastname@example.org and efforts will then be made to co-ordinate the available volunteers, the aim being to have them present for as many evenings as possible. 1000 copies of the book have been produced and therefore a complete sell-out would raise £4,500 for the trams – opening up some potentially exciting possibilities for new projects to benefit us all! This also offers the first chance for members of the public to become actively involved with the new Trust, albeit on a small scale, and who knows what opportunities could become available in the future if this goes well?