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Society marks 100 years since first tram brought visitors to Lickeys

Bromsgrove Editorial 25th Apr, 2024 Updated: 25th Apr, 2024   0

AN INFORMATION board to honour the ‘important’ centenary of Birmingham’s tram network reaching Rednal will be unveiled soon.

The Lickey Hills Society have decided to mark the occasion by commissioning the board which will be unveiled on Saturday (April 27) at 2pm.

It will feature photographs and information to honour the historic trams which brought thousands of visitors to the Lickey Hills for 28 years from 1924 until its final trip in 1952.

The board will be located at the rear of the Lai Ling Cantonese restaurant, close to a section of the original tram tracks. It was funded thanks to a ‘generous’ grant from the Midland Adult School Union.

On one side of the board, “A Tram to the Lickeys” panel tells of the part played by the trams in the growth of Rednal since the first tram arrived at the iconic Rednal terminus 100 years ago..

A small portion of the original track can be seen in front of the board.

On the other side, the “Rednal Village” panel shows how, in the early part of the 20th Century, the arrival of the trams led to the village becoming a tourist centre.

Some buildings from that period still exist, like the ‘Hare and Hounds’, whilst others have long since gone.

Details for the panels have been research by members of the Lickey Hills Society. It also features designs from members, Keith and Simon Woolford.

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