Friday, 8 April 2011

Progress Friday 8th April 2011

Dear all
 
Day one of our public opening days in glorious, warm sunshine saw the Railway in a festive atmosphere and many visitors from far and wide. These visitors together with a sprinkling of invited guests made the whole event go with some style. It was great to see a contingent from East Midlands Trains witnessing the large number of cross platform transfers at Duffield. The furthest travelled through rail passenger appeared to be from Southampton.
 
We also welcomed the Mayor of Wirksworth who may have been impressed by the interest in our enterprise and the sheer number that combined the Railway with a visit to the Town. Perhaps Wirksworth will open on Sundays in future!
 
Today and the weekend will stretch our volunteer team and I do thank everyone today for all their energy and enthusiasm. The wonderful by-product was that we actually took some serious money that is beginning the rebuild of our very depleted funds over the last couple of months.
 
It was great to see stands from Morton's Media, the Ashover Light Railway and the Patriot group giving more life to the platforms at Wirksworth
 
Well done everybody and I await the weekend with much anticipation.
 
Martin