Sunday 2 June 2024

Fylde 77 debuts at Morecambe

77 at Happy Mount Park terminus waiting to depart back along the Promenade and onto the Mazuma Stadium. Behind is Lytham Lion 24 and a Cumberland National. Although both 24 and 77 ran for over 20 years in their home town they almost certainly hadn't met before this event. (Paul Turner)

Sunday 19th May saw Fylde Transport Trust's recently restored Atlantean 77 debut in its Fylde Borough blue, white and mustard livery at the Ribble Vehicle Preservation Trust's Morecambe running day. 77 looked splendid and drew many positive comments. It spent the afternoon on the free bus service from Morecambe FC stadium to Happy Mount Park usually with a full load.

As well as the RVPT's own fleet, the Fylde Coast was well represented. I had the pleasure of crewing Lytham PD2 10 and Lion 24 with Keith Severn. Blackpool PD3 512 appeared in its 1970s rich cream and was joined by Blackpool Transport's open top Olympian 857.

Lytham 10 worked the "Bare Circular" with three round trips (Paul Turner)

77 again parked on display - this restoration perfectly captures the era of Fylde Borough just as I remember it. A few finishing touches are planned by FTT (Paul Turner)

10 and 24 with Blackpool 857 sneaking into the shot. It is 50 years this year since Lytham St. Annes morphed into Fylde Borough (Paul Turner)

One of the 'last nine' of Blackpool's PD3s which survived until 1988, 512 is a regular at Morecambe in its 1970s cream livery and is a credit to its owners (Paul Turner)

It was also 50 years since the end of Morecambe & Heysham Corporation. A pair of Regents was on display, 72 of 1950 in its later livery was in use while 73 on 1951 was on static display. (Paul Turner)