LRTA AGM – Blackpool 17-19 September 2021
The LRTA Annual General Meeting was held at 14:00 hrs on Saturday 18th September at the North Euston Hotel, Fleetwood.
Papers for the AGM meeting can be found in the secure Members pages https://www.lrta.info/shop/page.php/membarea from Thursday 19th August 2021. You will need your email and password to access this. If you would like a paper copy of the AGM papers, please send a stamped addressed large envelope to the Secretary at least 14 days before the meeting. The Secretary’s address is: 8 Berwick Place, Welwyn Garden City AL7 4TU
Using the North Euston Hotel as the base, the AGM Weekend included events and visits around the Fylde Coast, Lancashire. There is a tram stop right outside the Hotel.
The limited number of rooms we had reserved at the hotel, are now all sold out.
Friday 17 September – Welcome Reception and Illuminations Tram Ride 6.00pm
The weekend will began with a welcome reception and buffet in the North Euston Hotel ballroom followed by an illuminations tram ride on a heritage tram as Bolton 66 was not available. The journey began at approximately 7.30 from Fleetwood to Starr Gate and back, arriving back at the hotel at approximately 10.30pm. Cost £20 per person.
- Saturday 18 September am. After breakfast there was an opportunity to ride the system or spend time at your leisure. We had free tickets courtesy of Blackpool Transport to ride on the trams.
- Soup and Sandwich lunch – 1.00pm-2.00pm Prior to the AGM there was a traditional soup and sandwich lunch. It’s an opportunity to catch up with old friends and view/buy our latest books including the Trams Return Book which was launched that weekend.
- AGM – 2.00pm in the Ballroom of the North Euston Hotel
- Annual Dinner
After the AGM we had our Annual Dinner where the Guest Speaker is Steve Davies MBE, a former Director of the National Railway Museum York and now MD International Railway Heritage Consultancy.
- Sunday 19 September Visit to West Coast Rail Tours and Ribble Heritage Railway
After breakfast on Sunday, we left via coach to visit the depot of West Coast Rail Tours, Carnforth followed by a visit to the Ribble Heritage Railway, Preston Docks.
West Coast are the largest operator of heritage railway tours in the country and their depot is not normally open to the public. We had a guided tour of the depot after which lunch was available at the nearby Royal Station Hotel Carnforth. The day concluded with a visit to the Ribble Heritage Railway at Preston Docks.