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This is your chance to take part in another in-depth Gold Badge Tour, this time to Blackpool, which will include the following highlights:A VIP tour of Blackpool Tramways: the UK’s first system, which opened in 1885; travel  on both Heritage and the new Flexity 2 cars; a visit to Rigby Road and Starr Gate depots; and a ride on the illuminated Trawler Tram 633 through the 2019 Illuminations. A presentation from Jane Cole, Managing Director of Blackpool Transport, on the history and future of the organisation

*  A visit to the Lake District, with a round trip on the Lakeside & Haverthwaite Steam Railway

*  A cruise on the 1891 ex-LMS pleasure steamer ‘MV Tern’ from Lakeside Pier to the ‘Head of the Lake’ at Ambleside

*  Three nights accommodation at the Grand Hotel Blackpool, with a Health Club, fitness centre and indoor pool

*   Return direct travel on Virgin Trains to Blackpool North, with a choice of First or Standard accommodation.

For further information and a booking form, see the Spring issue of Friends News.

Bookings close on Friday 31st May.