I would like to pick up on the comment made by ‘Pigs do Fly’ (June 21), who wrote ‘Needs a tram to run from the town down to the beach and back’ when commenting on council leader Ian Malcolm’s pledge to see through (in my view the extremely disagreeable) 365 regeneration programme.
Well ‘Pigs do Fly’ once upon a time we used to have a Shields electronically driven public transport vehicles, known as trolley buses, that did just that, running from the market place down King Street and Ocean Road, terminating at the Pear Head, where once stood a toilet block.
We also used to have a proper railway station in Mile End Road, which was befitting to the town as well as a police station and a fire station in Keppel Street, not to mention a Binns department store and a Woolworths in Kings Street as well as a market place that hadn’t been mucked about with.
We used to build and repair ships and mine coal.
OK so I have a sentimental yearning for the past. Although, wait a minute, wasn’t it just last year we had a double decker bus that ran from the market to the New Crown and back with an average of three people per journey including the driver – so who needs a tram?