Beatrice Page (1889-1972) - The End of an Era
Tram with male driver and male conductor, c. 1930
‘The Last Car to Weston’. Cartoon by Cynicus, 1907
(North Somerset Council and Somerset County Council Heritage Service, 2014)
Beatrice Page was the first female tram driver in the country
The End of an Era
After the war ended, men who had been abroad fighting began to return to Weston-super-Mare. Many had been promised that their jobs would be kept open for them while they were away. Some women were sacked so that the men could return to their old jobs.
Beatrice moved to Gurney Slade in Dorset where she became involved in the work of the Salvation Army. She also fostered children.
In 1937 the decision was taken to replace the tram service with buses. On the 18 April 1937 the last tram ran throughWeston-super-Mare. To celebrate her role in the war, Beatrice was invited back to be a passenger. The trams had served the town for 35 years, travelling over 4,000,000 miles and carrying around 51,000,000 passengers.
Beatrice died on 1 December 1972. She was 82 years old.