New tram named after Alan Sillitoe

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Celebrated Nottingham writer, Alan Sillitoe, was recognised in his home city with the naming of a new tram in his honour.

The poet and novelist, who died in 2010, is the latest ‘local hero’ to receive the accolade, and the tram, which will run from Hucknall to Nottingham, was named on Thursday as the city launches its bid to become a UNESCO City of Literature.

Jamie Swift, NET Marketing Manager, said: “We are delighted to be able to support the bid in this way, and at the same time recognise the achievements of one of the city’s most famous writers. It’s fitting that one of the latest Citadis trams to enter service on our expanding network will be named after such an important figure in modern literature.”

Famous for works such as Saturday Night and Sunday Morning and the Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Alan’s work was strongly influenced by his home city.

His widow, Ruth Fainlight, said she was sure Alan would be as delighted about the tram as she was. Son David Sillitoe said: “I know he would be proud, and amused, to have a Nottingham tram named after him. He never stopped loving this city and, if he was here today, he’d be on that tram too!”