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Honouring the great and the good of our City
Each one of our trams is named after a local hero of the past or present. 
With the exception of our Community Hero tram, all of these names are permanent and honour a cross section of people that have made a difference in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.

Below you will find the full list of tram numbers and names along with a brief history of why they were chosen.

201

 

Tram 201 - Torvill and Dean

Voted for by listeners of Trent FM (now Capital FM eastmidlands), Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean are Britain's best known ice skaters. Born in Nottingham in 1957 and 1958 respectively, their achievements include winning four European and World Championships and an Olympic gold medal.

202

 

Tram 202 - DH Lawrence

David Herbert Lawrence was born in Eastwood in 1885 and attended Nottingham High School. A controversial and brilliant novelist, his publications include 'The White Peacock', 'Sons And Lovers', and 'Lady Chatterley's Lover'. www.lawrenceseastwood.co.uk

203

 

Tram 203 - William "Bendigo" Thompson

Voted for by viewers of East Midlands Today, Bendigo was a bare-knuckle fighter born in Nottingham in 1811. He achieved the honoured role of Champion of England in 1835. In 1955, Bendigo was entered into the Ring Boxing Hall of Fame. www.ibhof.com/thompson.html

Erica Beardsmore

 

Tram 204 - Erica Beardsmore

Erica Beardsmore was a great supporter of Nottingham in Bloom and helped to inspire the initiative in Hyson Green. The Erica Beardsmore Trophy is now presented to the Best Community Project winner for Nottingham in Bloom. www.nottinghaminbloom.co.uk

205

 

Tram 205 - Lord Byron

Voted for by the viewers of BBC East Midlands Today, the great romantic poet Lord Byron was born in 1788. His works include 'And Thou Art Dead', 'Darkness', 'The Eve of Waterloo', 'Prometheus', 'She Walks in Beauty' and 'When We Two Parted'. www.englishhistory.net/byron.html

 

Tram 206 - Angela Alcock

Nominated by the readers of the Nottingham Evening Post, Angela Alcock is an Oxfam donations collector who has collected many thousands of pounds for the charity over the years she has been involved. www.oxfam.org

 

Tram 207 - Mavis Worthington

Nominated for by readers of the Nottingham Evening Post, Mavis Worthington is a Homestart volunteer, a charity which befriends families with young children and gives support in times of need. www.home-start.org.uk

Dinah Minton

 

Tram 208 - Dinah Minton

Dinah founded the charity Headway in the late 1970s. Dinah, whose son suffered substantial head injuries, subsequently led a campaign which involves getting better treatment for victims who have survived surgery. www.headway.org.uk

209

 

Tram 209 - Sid Standard

Nominated for by readers of the Nottingham Evening Post, Sid Standard ran a bike shop on Chilwell Road, Beeston, for 27 years. President of the Beeston Road Club, it's estimated that he had travelled more than half a million miles in his life on his bike whilst introducing thousands of youngsters into cycling.

210

 

Tram 210 - Sir Jesse Boot

Voted for by listeners to BBC Radio Nottingham, Jesse Boot transformed a small herbal store into a powerful pharmaceutical giant - Boots The Chemist. In 1909, Jesse Boot was knighted for his work, and went on to be given the Freedom of Nottingham City in 1920.

211

 

Tram 211 - Robin Hood

Voted for by the viewers of BBC East Midlands Today, Robin Hood is famous for robbing the rich to feed the poor and fighting against injustice and tyranny. www.robinhood.uk.com

212

 

Tram 212 - William Booth

General William Booth was born in Sneinton in 1829. During his lifetime his organisation known as the Volunteer Army (later renamed the Salvation Army) made various ground breaking achievements with its work with the poor. www.salvationarmy.org.uk

213

 

Tram 213 - Mary Potter

Voted for by BBC Radio Nottingham listeners, Mary Potter, foundress of the Little Company of Mary Sisters, commenced her mission of caring for the sick and dying in Hyson Green during the spring of 1877. Mary died on April 9th 1913 and her tomb is in St. Barnabas Cathedral.

214

 

Tram 214 - Dennis McCarthy MBE

A much loved presenter of BBC Radio Nottingham, Dennis spent 25 years broadcasting to the city. He interviewed six Prime Ministers, Red Rum and hundreds of film and TV stars. His funeral in 1996 saw thousands of listeners lining the streets.

 

Tram 215 - Brian Clough

Voted for by listeners of Trent FM (now Capital FM eastmidlands), Brian Clough is a football legend within Nottingham due to his successful time as manager of Nottingham Forest, from 1975 to 1993. Cloughie's achievements include a League Championship win and two European Cup winners’ trophies.

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Tram 216 - Dame Laura Knight

During a career spanning over seventy years, Dame Laura (1877 – 1970) became the most famous female artist of her day in Britain. She was the first artist to be made a Dame and the first woman to be elected to the Royal Academy. Her success paved the way for more recognition of female artists, which at the time was a male-dominated profession.

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Tram 217 - Carl Froch

Carl Froch MBE is a four-time world champion in the super middleweight division, having won the WBC title twice, and is the former IBF champion, having defeated Lucian Bute for the title. On 23 May 2013 Froch became the WBA unified champion after defeating Mikkel Kessler. Froch is ranked byBoxRec as the number seven pound-for-pound boxer in the world and by The Ring magazine as the number nine pound-for-pound boxer in the world.

Jim Taylor

 

Tram 218 - Jim Taylor

Jim Taylor started out as a town planner in the late 1960s, before rising through the ranks to become director of development for Nottingham City Council. During his time, Mr Taylor led the department through some of the biggest transformation projects the city has seen, including the NET tram scheme and the redevelopment of the Old Market Square.

219

 

Tram 219 - Alan Sillitoe

In 1990, Sillitoe was awarded an honorary degree from Nottingham Trent University. Sillitoe wrote many novels and several volumes of poetry. His 1995 autobiography, Life Without Armour, was critically acclaimed on publication, and offers a view into his squalid childhood. He was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature in 1997.

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Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff's considerable achievements span more than 40 years at the University of Nottingham; his pioneering scientific work which has seen him become a global leader in green and sustainable chemistry; and for his work to make science fun and accessible to millions through a series of online videos. Sir Martyn is known worldwide as the presenter of hit YouTube science series Periodic Table of Videos which started out of the University of Nottingham's School of Chemistry and which has grown to attract a huge global audience, with each video averaging 205 million views.

Stephen Lowe

 

Tram 221 - Stephen Lowe

Stephen Lowe (born December 1947) is an playwright and director from Sneinton. Lowe's plays have dealt with subjects ranging from the takeover of Tibet by the Chinese People's Liberation Army in 1959 to a dying DH Lawrence trying find a publisher for Lady Chatterley. His best known plays are Touched, The Ragged Trousered Philanthropists and Old Big ‘Ead in the Spirit of the Man.

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Tram 222 - David S Stewart

Awarded an OBE in 2003 for services to education, David first arrived in Nottingham in 1972 to study history. Having previously worked in a hospital in Kent and volunteered at a Junior Training Centre, he continued working with young people in Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire before training in Leeds to teach children with severe learning disabilities. Having taught in South London for a few years, he returned to Nottingham as Senior Master at Shepherd School, with particular responsibility for setting up the 6th Form. He became Head there in 1992. In 2009 he became Head of the new Oak Field School. Over the course of the years he has overseen the schools achieve 6 Outstanding OFSTED inspections.

Colin Slater

 

Tram 223 - Colin Slater

Colin Slater is a long serving (since 1959) Notts County commentator for BBC Radio Nottingham who lives in Beeston. He was awarded an MBE in 2001, not only for his contribution to radio, but also for his work with the Football Association and his role as the Deputy Chairman of the Nottingham Bench of Magistrates. Colin has covered over 2000 Notts County matches for Radio Nottingham, the Milestone completed on 17 November 2007 when Notts played Macclesfield Town.

Vicky McClure

 

Tram 224 - Vicky McClure

The BAFTA Television Award winning star is well known for her roles as ‘Lol’ in Shane Meadows’ critically acclaimed film This is England and its subsequent TV series, and more recently as DI Kate Fleming in the BBC series Line of Duty. She also starred in the BBC’s adaptation of Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent.

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Tram 225 - Doug Scott

Nottingham-born Doug has been called ‘one of Britain’s all-time great high altitude mountaineers’ having climbed the highest peak on each of all seven continents; ‘the Seven Summits’. He was the first Briton, along with Dougal Haston, to climb the South West Face of Everest.

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Tram 226 - Jimmy Sirrel & Jack Wheeler

Widely considered to be Notts County Football Club's greatest ever management team, Jimmy Sirrel and Jack Wheeler led the Magpies to a number of achievements including promotion to the First Division in 1981. Sirrel had three separate spells in charge at Meadow Lane from 1969 to 1987, whilst Wheeler filled numerous roles at the club between 1953 and his retirement in 1983. They sadly passed away within a year of each other, Sirrel in 2008 and Wheeler in 2009.

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Tram 227 - Sir Peter Mansfield

Sir Peter Mansfield is one of the world’s most celebrated scientists; he played a key role in the invention of the MRI scanner, which plays a vital role in diagnosing and planning treatment for medical conditions including cancer, heart disease and problems connected to the brain and spine. Sir Peter was Knighted in 1993 and awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2003. Sir Peter also became an Honorary Freeman of the City of Nottingham in July 2013.

Armed Forces

 

Tram 228 - Local Armed Forces Heroes

We named tram 228 ‘Local Armed Forces Heroes’ in tribute to the dedicated servicemen and women from Nottingham who gave their lives in the two World Wars and more recent conflicts. We would like to thank all the servicemen, women and general public who attended the naming event at 12:30pm, 11th November 2015.

Viv Anderson

 

Tram 229 - Viv Anderson MBE

Viv Anderson MBE is a football coach and former Nottingham Forest player who was born in Clifton. Viv was part of the Forest side that won promotion to the First Division in 1977, winning the title, along with the League Cup, a year later. He is also notable for being the first black football player to represent England in a full international match. In 1997, Anderson was chosen by Forest fans for the club's all-time greatest XI and was awarded an MBE in January 2000.

Geroge Green

 

Tram 230 - George Green

Many of the mathematical techniques invented by Green are still widely used in physics and engineering today. Despite having very little formal schooling, he still managed to teach himself enough mathematics to eventually study at Cambridge, aged 40. Green also has family links to Green’s Windmill in Sneinton, Nottingham which was built in 1807 by his father. Green worked at the mill and took ownership of it on his father’s death in 1829. Today, the restored windmill is a museum, inspiring the next generation of scientists and mathematicians.

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Tram 231 - Rebecca Adlington

Swimmer Rebecca is originally from Mansfield and spent years training in Nottingham before becoming a double gold winning medallist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and breaking a 19-year-old World Record in the 800m freestyle. As well as winning multiple Olympic medals, Rebecca is also a World, Commonwealth and European medallist.

Billy Ivory

 

 

 

Tram 232 - William Ivory

Writer William drew on his own experiences working as a bin man for one of his best known series, Common as Muck, and was nominated for a BAFTA for his work on the hit British film, Made in Dagenham. His latest TV piece, Burton and Taylor, starring Helena Bonham Carter and Dominic West was Golden Globe nominated. As an actor, he’s appeared in national favourites such as Coronation Street and Emmerdale but he’s become a leading theatre writer and has a long association with Nottingham Playhouse.

Ada Lovelace

 

 

 

 

 

Tram 233 - Ada Lovelace

Ada Lovelace was the daughter of the famous poet Lord Byron, and is an inspirational female figurehead whose work is thought to have included the world’s first computer programming, a century ahead of its time. Born in 1815, Ada died of cancer in 1852, and is buried beside her father at the Church of St. Mary Magdalene in Hucknall, Nottingham.

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Tram 234 - George Africanus

George John Scipio Africanus was a West African former slave who became a successful entrepreneur in Nottingham. Africanus moved to St Peter's Parish, Nottingham, at the age of 21 around 1784 where he met a local girl. Around 1793, they started up an employment agency, Africanus' Register of Servants, operating from their home.

David Clarke

 

Tram 235 - David Clarke

Former Nottingham Panthers captain David Clarke is one of the country’s most successful ice hockey players. During 14 seasons with the club he was instrumental in its rise to be one of the leading sides in the national Elite League. He also captained the Great Britain national team and his long list of accolades includes 12 pieces of Elite League silverware, ten individual Elite League awards and three World Championship medals.

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Tram 236 - Sat Bains

Satwant Singh "Sat" Bains is a British chef best known for being chef proprietor of the two-Michelin star Restaurant Sat Bains with Rooms in Nottingham. He won the Roux Scholarship in 1999, and worked in France, before returning to the UK and opening his own restaurant. Bains was also one of the winners on the BBC show Great British Menu in 2007.

Stuart Broad

 

Tram 237 - Stuart Broad

Nottinghamshire and England star Stuart Broad sealed England the 2015 Ashes at his home ground of Trent Bridge in June. Broad took a career-best eight wickets for 15 runs during the first innings of the England win over Australia.

 

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