Sunday 7 May 2023

The King's Coronation Parade

The King's Coronation Parade approaching Manchester Square
To celebrate the Coronation of King Charles III, a cavalcade of trams along the Promenade was planned for Sunday 7th May, the day following the Coronation at Westminster Abbey in London. The heritage trams selected to take part in the King's Coronation Parade assembled on the inner and outer loops at the Pleasure Beach prior to the cavalcade. Passenger boarding began at 1345, with the trams departing at 1415. The eleven trams that took part in the procession were Boats 227 & 600, Brush 621, Railcoach 680, Bolton 66, Western Train, Trawler, HMS Blackpool and Balloons 717, 707 & 700. Seven of the trams carried paying passengers, with the route commencing at the Pleasure Beach, followed by a short pause alongside the Comedy Carpet in front of the Tower for photos, before continuing on to Little Bispham and then returning to the Pleasure Beach. Following the parade, four of the trams operated mini tours between the Pleasure Beach and North Pier.

Boats 225 & 600 with Brush 621 on the Pleasure Beach loop

HMS Blackpool arriving at the Pleasure Beach for the tram parade
The Western Train and Boat 225 at the head of the assembled trams
The parade of trams all gathered at the Pleasure Beach
Passengers boarding the parade trams on the Pleasure Beach loop
Boat 600 passing the Manchester with its flag waving passengers
Boat 600 leads the cavalcade of trams through Manchester Square
Balloons 717, 707 & 700 at Manchester Square, bringing up the rear of the tram parade
Balloon 717 heading north at Manchester Square
Balloon 707 near New Bonny Street
Balloon 700 at the rear of the King's Coronation tram parade
Brush Car 621 northbound at North Pier
Bolton 66 passing Regent Court on its way to Little Bispham
The Western Train heading north at Cocker Square
The Western Train at Cabin heading back to the Pleasure Beach
Railcoach 680 passing the demolished remains of the New Hacketts Hotel
The Trawler southbound at the Cabin

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