Friday, 7 March 2008

Friday 7th March 2008

Dear all
A rather splendid day when we entertained the media, representatives of the tourist industry, local councillors and the working volunteers to a preview of tomorrow's grand opening to Idridgehay. The sun stayed out for us and we received many complimentary remarks about our achievements. The fact that we have come so far in a relatively short time certainly has not passed unnoticed. Peter Taylor, the last operations manager for the line in BR times unveiled the remarkable 1867 original station clock that has been lovingly restored and John Snell welcomed the assembled guests.
The whole exercise will pay dividends in terms of passengers for the forthcoming weekends and BBC East Midlands and BBC Radio Derby did us proud! Meanwhile a loyal band put the finishing touches to the new northern foot crossing and generally tidied up in advance of the guest arrivals.
We learnt a few lessons with this first venture into long distance running that will be adopted tomorrow for the really big day. The Share Shop, Booking Hall and EVRA Shop all traded well and stand expectant for what the next two days will bring.
Two members of Rand and the Band were active in the team today as they limber up for tomorrow's gig at the Rising Sun.