These two rather grainy images, taken from the Derby Telegraph, record an important date in the city’s public transport history. Jane Goddard reports.
A RECENT story, recalling the introduction of electric tramcars to the streets of Derby in 1904, proved of more than passing interest to reader Patricia Elliott.
For Mrs Elliott’s grandfather, William Spencer, was given the very special honour, some 30 years later, of driving the very last tramcar service on its final journey before they were replaced by a new mode of transport.
Mrs Elliott, of Mickleover, explained: “Seeing Mr Redfern’s photograph and article reminded me of an article my own family had discovered some time ago.
“It was about the last tramcar in Derby and was published on Tuesday, July 3, 1934. It reported that my maternal grandfather, William Spencer, was given the honour of taking charge of the last tramcar journey on its way back to the depot on Osmaston Road.
“He was accompanied by the Mayor of Derby, Alderman H Slaney.
“My mother, Hilda Brassinton, who is now 97, can still remember polishing the buttons and number 33 on William’s uniform before the big day. Continue reading