Grant Award for the Tram Sunday Team

Jones Harris are delighted to share the news that the SpareParts Festival, as pioneered by Fleetwood Festival of Transport (or Tram Sunday as its known), is to receive a three-year investment thanks to Arts Council England.

The £528,000 investment will see the hugely popular transport themed art festival ‘accelerate’ to three northern transport events this year, increasing to five by 2020. Its spectacular programming will be able to reach new audiences through its addition to existing Transport Festivals.

Jones Harris have been involved with Fleetwood Festival of Transport, or Tram Sunday as it’s better known, for many years.

We’ve completed annual accounts for the Community Interest Company (CIC) on a pro-bono basis, and acted as a delivery/collection address for the team. As the event has grown and attracted Arts Council funding, Jones Harris have provided verification that the grant monies have been spent and in a proper manner.

Director Martin Wigley says “It’s been a pleasure to provide advice and support where needed, and to do our bit to enable the event to flourish, as it’s a significant contributor to the local tourism economy.”

Tram Sunday: Pioneering a Travelling Arts Programme

In its first year, the festival featured Motionhouse’s Traction with dancing JCBs performing on Fleetwood beach, and since then has gone from strength to strength offering a diverse programme of street performance as well as large scale spectacles.

On top of its diverse programme of performance the festival also prides itself on its community ethos and each year will work with schools and community groups in the towns it visits to give opportunities for people of all ages to participate.

Robert Brown, Chairman of Fleetwood Festival of Transport, added: “The creation of SpareParts Festival has been a labour of love from the volunteer committee of Fleetwood Festival of Transport and we’re delighted with the news.

“I’ve seen first-hand the power the arts can have to enrich people’s lives and we are very proud to be developing this trailblazing festival from Fleetwood.”

In 2018 SpareParts Festival will head to Sandbach Transport Festival on April 21 and 22 and trAction in Crewe on July 7 before returning to its home town of Fleetwood on the Lancashire coast on July 15.

It will be delivered with a network of partners from co-founders Wyre Council and LeftCoast to newer partners like Crewe Town Council, Cheshire East Council and Sandbach Transport Festival.

The support of Arts Council England allows the team to be ambitious and daring with the programme and participation opportunities. Some incredible artists are already lined up for 2018 and will be announced in coming weeks.

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