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Alan Pearce presented a selection of colour slides from the collection of Mike Lea, who died suddenly last December. Mike made a huge contribution to the LRTA as membership Secretary, and Chairman of the Publications Committee, as well as in many other ways. He is sorely missed and this show was presented as a tribute to him.
The show started with excellent scenes of Blackpool in the 1950’s, probably taken in Mike’s student days when he spent his summer holiday working as a conductor on the trams. At that time the Marton, Dickenson road and Lytham Road routes were still in operation. Vambacs, Standards, Coronations and Boats were much in evidence as well as the older illuminated cars, such as the Gondola, Lifeboat and “Progress”.
Moving overseas we were entertained by early scenes of France including, Valenciennes, Dijon, Lille, Marseilles and St. Etienne. Back in the U.K. we saw trams in Glasgow, Leeds, Grimsby & Immingham and Swansea & Mumbles. Then we were taken to Belgium for Liege and Verviers. A visit to Canada produced slides of Toronto, the London & Port Stanley Interurban and Montreal. Finally we saw early scenes of Belgium, including Ostend, Charleroi, both the Vicinal and the Payes de Charleroi, and on to the Liege Seraing system.
It had been hoped to show a cine film made by Mike, but a projector problem meant this has had to be postponed for a future occasion. However this meant that there was time to show more of his slides. There was a good attendance and the audience enjoyed this nostalgic journey into the past. In conclusion, John Gilham proposed a vote of thanks to Alan Pearce, for preparing and presenting the show.
John Laker, 24/11/05
London Area – 21st November 2005
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