Last week the devastating news came in that the now infamous Taylor Swift cut-out that has been displayed proudly in a Castlefield window for years, greeting Metrolink users and bringing great comfort to passers by, would be leaving a Blank Space in Manchester’s skyline. Thankfully, news has since broken that Tram Taylor will be sticking around. It’s giving Vigilante Sh*t.
Owner of the Taylor Swift cut-out, and the flat she gazes so proudly from, Red, has lived there for 10 years, and the original panic came from their news that they were moving to Sheffield – Taylor included. Since, however, Red has been positively Bejweled with love for the cardboard Swiftie, saying “I am very happy that she’s become a part of people’s lives for so long. I aim to do everything I can so she can stay. It’s been nice to see people speak about her, every year she seems to bring a lot of joy to people.”
Lifelong Swiftie Red has also revealed that the cut-out was a gift when they were working at Sheffield club and venue The Leadmill, where many Taylor Swift club nights had taken place. Such a Betty as she was, cut-out Taylor accompanied Red to Manchester, where she has become a Starlight for those traveling from Cornbrook to the city centre.
Although it may seem frivolous, in all seriousness Red has successfully shared their love for Taylor with the Mancunian public, just with a small interior design choice. When the news broke that Tram Taylor may be in jeopardy, the people made their connection to her clear. Twitter user John Ossoway said: “End of an era. We always wave at #TramTaylor when on the tram. I remember feeling happy the first time I got the tram post-lockdown and me and my daughter waved at her.” Other users simply Tweeted: “NOOOOOO NOT TRAM TAYLOR.” and “Manchester is grieving.”
Thanks to Red’s compassion, it seems that Tram Taylor will continue to be the Girl At Home for the foreseeable, and for those who greet her every day, she’ll never go out of Style.