17 December 2014

A Nottingham bride arrived at her wedding in style – on a tram named after her late grandfather.

Cycling legend Sid Standard, who ran his bike shop on Chilwell Road, Beeston, for 27 years, was responsible for encouraging thousands to take to two wheels before his death in 2003.

To mark his achievements one of the city’s trams was named after Sid and when his daughter, Jill Clarke, asked if it could be used to whisk granddaughter Samantha Joanne Varney to her wedding, tram staff were keen to help.

The bride, together with around 20 family and friends, was delighted to see the special tram decorated with celebratory ribbons when it arrived at The Forest tram stop to transport the wedding party into the city centre in time for the ceremony at Nottingham Council House.

“It meant a great deal to the family to arrive in Nottingham city centre on the tram named after my dad,” revealed a delighted Jill. “It felt as if he was part of the wedding.

“We would like to thank everyone at NET for making this possible and for helping to make Samantha’s wedding day so special.”

Samantha, 29, a graphic designer and data analyst bridegroom Bailey Knox, 30, are both from Nottingham. Having met at college, they’ve been together for 13 years and now live in Watford. Before heading back down South the happy couple enjoyed a reception at the bride’s family home in Stapleford.

Lea Harrison, Head of Service Delivery at NET concessionaire Tramlink Nottingham, added: “We were only too happy to help Sid’s family on this happy occasion.

“He was a hugely liked and respected man and we are very proud of the tram that’s named after him. It was fantastic to see it in operation on this special day.

“We wish the happy couple all the very best in their life together.”