‘Trammers’ tracked down to library

‘Trammers’ and trams were the subjects of a children’s activity session at the Henry Bloom Noble Library as part of this year’s Scottish Widows-sponsored Summer Reading Challenge, Story Lab.

His Worship the Mayor of Douglas Councillor David Ashford joined children and Scottish Widows volunteers at the session where tramways superintendent Mike Crellin gave a short talk about the Douglas horse tram service which this year is celebrating its 136th anniversary. The young visitors painted model tram horses and trams, created ‘trammer’ masks and were asked to enter a draw to select the name of the next horse that would join the service, which saw four-year-old Dean Cowell win a toy shire horse in the morning session.

For the fifth year in succession Scottish Widows is sponsoring the challenge that requires children to read six books of their choice during the holidays and, as they progress through the challenge, earn collectable incentives and rewards.

Created and run by the Reading Agency, Story Lab aims to keep children reading throughout the school summer holidays and encourage young people to discover the world of books, gain confidence and learn new skills.


Four-year-old Dean Cowell is presented with his prize of a toy shire horse by His Worship


Scottish Widows volunteer Paul Young with Adam, nine and James, six, Drummond

Jones brothers Torryn six, Nathan, nine and Matthew, six


His Worship with Lennon Shimmin-Crellin, nine


Story Lab followers with His Worship, Scottish Widows volunteers and library staff


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