Sadness as Fleetwood Festival of Transport cancelled for second year in a row

Tram Sunday was due to be held on Sunday, July 21
Tram Sunday was due to be held on Sunday, July 21 -Credit:Gary Mitchell

Fleetwood Festival of Transport has been forced to cancel this year's event due to a 'lack of volunteers' and 'operational constraints'.

Known locally as Tram Sunday, it had been scheduled to take place on Sunday, July 21. However, it has now been axed for a second year in a row after last year's event was called off at late notice due to adverse weather.

The unique and much-loved free event every year first began in 1986 and has become a prominent celebration of transport and local heritage. It usually attracts thousands of visitors from all over the country and beyond to celebrate the rich transportation history in Fleetwood and the UK.


It showcases a diverse array of vintage vehicles, trams, buses, cars, and motorcycles and promoting the local culture and businesses. In a statement issued yesterday (May 3), organisers said they have made the "difficult decision" to cancel the 2024 event.

It's another blow to the Flyde coast's summer calendar after Blackpool Carnival announced last month that they had been forced to cancel this weekend's event 'due to lack of support'.

A Fleetwood Festival of Transport CIC spokesperson said: "Due to a lack of volunteers and the operational constraints faced by the Tram Sunday team, we have taken the difficult decision to cancel the 2024 event. The CIC is looking for support and exploring ways we can progress with future events, so please stay tuned for further updates.

"We ask for your patience as we contact and refund those who have secured bookings for this year's event. Thank you for your understanding and support."

Commenting on the Facebook post, one person said: "The coffin nails keep coming for our once fantastic town" while another wrote "So sad loved the day out".

A third penned: "Very disappointed, I've been to Tram Sunday most years, even though I live over 100 miles away and the journey by road or rail plus tram is a long one, it was a great day out and a big opportunity for local businesses in Fleetwood. As this is the second year in a row it's been cancelled, a clearer explanation of the reasons is needed at the very least."

Another wrote: "I know how much time and effort it takes to put on an event of this size and I’m sure the organisers did not take this decision lightly, I would be willing to bet that they are more disappointed than anybody else about having to take such a tough decision. Anybody saying otherwise should be first in line to make next years event bigger and better than ever."

A third person replied: "Absolutely gutted" and another said: "So sad. Hope the event can return next year."