Ride A Hong Kong Tram For Chinese New Year

BIRKENHEAD First and Wirral Transport Museum are inviting families to celebrate the Chinese New Year on Saturday 28 January with lion dances, martial arts displays and two trams with a special link to the Orient. From 1pm – 4pm, Wirral Transport Museum (Taylor Street, Birkenhead) is running the only two Hong Kong trams operating outside Hong Kong.  The trams will make a special stop at Pacific Road Business Hub that day where Birkenhead First, the town’s Business Improvement District, is funding a programme of Chinese Cultural performances throughout the afternoon. Birkenhead Tramway is the only place in the UK to travel on Hong Kong trams, which were built in 1992 especially for the Wirral Transport Museum. Performances will include traditional Chinese lion dancers, who bring good luck blessings at the start of the Year of the Fire Rooster and displays of Kung Fu.  All performances are by students from China Spirit UK.  There will also be Chinese food and a bar and refreshments at Pacific Road. Entrance to Wirral Transport Museum and Pacific Road are free. Tram rides cost £2.00 adults / £1.00 children/concessions for a return trip to Pacific Road and Woodside.  All tram passengers will receive a Chinese fortune cookie Event schedule: 12.50pm – First tram leaves Wirral Transport Museum 1.30pm – Opening Ceremony/Chinese Lion dance at Pacific Road 1.40pm – Kung Fu displays begin at Pacific Road (at intervals) 3.00pm – Chinese Lion Dance (Pacific Road) 3.10pm – Kung Fu displays at intervals until 4.30pm Birkenhead First is an initiative of Wirral Chamber of Commerce. Paula Basnett, CEO of Wirral Chamber of Commerce says: “Birkenhead First is delighted to support this event, which provides a fun afternoon of cultural entertainment for visitors to Birkenhead, showcases one of our amazing free visitor attractions and helps animate the town’s historic Woodside area.  As with all Chinese New Year celebrations, we hope our Chinese lions bring good fortune and prosperity to the town for 2017.”