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Tramcar crash could be remembered in crash

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: September 02, 2014

By Laura Hammond

The area at the bottom of Bearwood Hill in Winshill where the tram crashed

The area at the bottom of Bearwood Hill in Winshill where the tram crashed

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A TRAMCAR crash which killed one person and left 20 injured could be remembered with a floral display at the site.

There is currently nothing in place to mark the site of the 1919 disaster, which happened at the bottom of Bearwood Hill Road, in Winshill, but the parish council is looking to change that.

Members are hoping to put in place a flower bed arrangement to replace a piece of concrete at the base of the steep road, and set up a history board telling people about the accident.

Councillor Margaret Fletcher told the Mail: "At the moment there's just a bit of concrete and some bollards, and what an eyesore it is.

"This would make the entrance to Winshill – and that bit of concrete – really attractive, and if we can include something about the tram crash that brings in some of the history."

The council is hoping that the Prince's Trust will be able to take on the planting project to get the ball rolling, and a history board can then be put on the site to commemorate the accident, which happened when the tram suddenly lost motion as it went up the hill and careered back down the hill. It overturned at the bottom, trapping many people inside and leaving others having to jump off.

The conductress was killed, and many passengers suffered serious injuries.

The project is dependent on whether or not the group from the Prince's Trust is able to take it on, Councillor Fletcher said.

There is a move to put a number of history boards around the area – including one about the tram.

The boards will guide people around the historic sites of Winshill, including where the mill stood and at St Mark's Church.

They could be tied in with history walks around the area.

The parish council is hoping to obtain funding from the Neighbourhood Development Fund at East Staffordshire Borough Council for the boards.

There are also hopes to put in another board at the Coltman VC Peace Wood, which has been created in honour of Winshill man William Coltman, who was awarded the Victoria Cross for gallantry for his work as a medic who carried the wounded from the front line at great personal risk.

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