Neil Parish drives Seaton's famous tramway
On Friday 27th April Neil Parish, MP for Tiverton and Honiton, took the opportunity to get behind the controls of the Seaton Tram, which operates unique vintage trams between Seaton, Colyford and Colyton in East Devon's Axe Valley.
The historic Tramway attracts around 80,000 visitors every year and brings in much tourism trade to Seaton and the Jurassic Coastline.
Neil also met with local Councillor and tramway project manager, John Jeffery, and East Devon Councillor Graham Godbeer at the Tramstop Restaurant. Neil visited the depot to meet Managing Director Jenny Nunn, Chief Engineer James Hammett and Commercial Manager Sue Bowman.
Speaking at the Tramway, Neil Parish said:
“Tourism is the 5th largest industry in the UK today and Devon is a premier holiday destination. Tourism in Devon brings £2.3 billion annually to the local economy and supports 68,000 jobs. Seaton Tramway not only protects an important part of the heritage of our County it provides employment and encourages investment in the Axe Valley as well.”
Photo: James Hammett, Cllr Graham Godbeer, Neil Parish MP, Jenny Nunn, Sue Bowman and Cllr John Jeffrey