As with most of the rest of the country the Crich Tramway Village have made plans to celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and although they aren’t quite what was initially planned they are still going ahead to commemorate this incredibly rare occasion. A new display has been created in the Octagon building at Wakebridge with help from pupils at Crich Junior School which includes some photos from the Crich archives of trams decorated for previous Jubilees and Coronations.
The original plan had been that one of the horse trams displayed in the Great Exhibition Hall would be decorated to commemorate the Jubilee with pupils from Crich Junior School helping to make some paper flowers and banners to go on the tram and horse. Other trams in the Exhibition Hall would also have been decorated with flags and bunting and volunteers in the Workshop had also restored some illuminated signs they had in storage, including a crown, to be displayed.
Unfortunately, with the safety issues causing the Great Exhibition Hall to be closed until further notice (along with the depots and with no trams able to run at all) these plans are no longer able to happen. But not to be perturbed, Crich changed track and decided to use the Octagon building at Wakebridge for a display celebrating royal events of days gone by.
- The display at Crich will remain open at the Octagon for the next few weeks. Crich remains on limited opening with the depots and exhibition hall out of bounds whilst repairs are undertaken on the overhead. Reduced admission is available during this period with no trams operating. More details at https://www.tramway.co.uk/plan-your-visit/tickets/.