WHAT an entertaining journey!
Tram passengers in Sheffield normally rely on books, mp3 players and newspapers to keep them occupied on their journeys - but now they’ll be treated to performances of music, comedy and magic tricks on a new service running in the city.
Entertainers will be boarding the service - called the Genting Tram - on selected days in the run-up to the launch of a new casino.
The Genting Club will be opening on Arundel Gate on September 28, offering a casino, two restaurants and a late-night lounge bar.
On the first day of the tram service, passengers were serenaded by singing duo You Say We Play, contemporary violinist Caroline Owen and magician Thomas Anthony.
Kath Barton, the Genting Club’s general manager, said she wanted the tram to be ‘more than just a means of getting from A to B.’
“We have therefore decided to turn it in to a ‘pop-up’ entertainment venue for the people of Sheffield to enjoy for no more than the cost of your normal tram ticket,” she said.
“Hopefully it will help to brighten up people’s day as they go about their daily commute.”
Kath said passengers on the tram will get the chance to win prizes and tickets for the club’s VIP opening night.
“It will be far more than just a casino,” she added. “People will be able to eat, drink, play, dance and enjoy live entertainment.”
The leisure complex will be based in the basement of the distinctive ‘Cheesegrater’ building, spanning two floors and covering around 35,000 sq ft.
It also features a cocktail and champagne bar.
More than 150 permanent jobs are expected to be created.