A historic Blackpool Tram is being named after Reginald Dixon, best known for his time spent as organist at the Blackpool Tower, having held the position in the famous Ballroom for 40 years.

Reg, as he was commonly known, was a household name during his years at the Blackpool Tower, with live broadcasts of his performances being aired each week during the summer season for many years on the BBC Light Programme, now Radio 2.

The Blackpool Tram will officially be renamed at 2pm on Friday 6th August 2021 by Reginald Dixon’s daughter, Jill Steel, along with other members of the family. The ceremony will take place on Blackpool’s promenade close to North Pier, followed by an inaugural tram journey to celebrate the occasion.

With Blackpool set to welcome a record number of visitors over the summer months, the Blackpool Heritage Tram team are acknowledging Reginald Dixon for his contribution to the promotion of Blackpool in times gone by. Reginald Dixons signature tune ‘Oh I Do Like to be Beside the Seaside’ has become synonymous with Blackpool and its rich entertainment history.

Shane Grindey, Marketing & Commercial manager for Blackpool Transport said “It is a very special, and fitting occasion, to rename a historic Blackpool tram after somebody who has contributed so much to Blackpool’s successful history. The tram will be enjoyed for years to come as part of our Heritage Tram Tours attraction and we’re looking forward to welcoming visitors new and old to Blackpool to experience a piece of history.”

Kate Shane, Regional Director of Merlin Entertainments Blackpool, added: “This is a fantastic moment where two of the many magical elements of Blackpool are celebrated as one, the heritage trams are synonymous with our resort and to rename one of them after Reginald Dixon celebrates not only his amazing talent but also The Blackpool Tower and its famous ballroom - and indeed the resort as a whole.

“Reginald played the mighty Wurlitzer - which was built to his specification - for 40-years and he remains an icon of the famous ballroom to this day. He was much loved and admired for his talent and unique style of play and we are all absolutely delighted this very fitting tribute has been done in memory of this wonderful man.”

The first opportunity to ride on the Reginald Dixon tram is at 4pm on Friday 6th August, with further tour dates available to book online throughout 2021 at www.blackpoolheritage.com.

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