Sunday, 21 October 2018

Progress Saturday 20th October 2018

Dear all,

Firstly apologies for not writing anything last night but I was exhausted when I got home! Not to worry though, it was a great day. Wirksworth's first ever Wizarding Day and wow was it busy! I don't think anybody expected the idea to be as successful as it was with literally thousands of people visiting the town to take part in all of the activities around, including potion making, broomstick making, Quidditch etc. 

We hosted our own Wizarding Specials with the first train an earlier than normal departure off Duffield with around 130 people all dressed up in various wizard and witch costumes. The following departure from Duffield was equally as well loaded and it just went like that really for the rest of the day. Everybody was very complementary of the experience, especially the authentic trolley selling sweets. The normal Blue Timetable had been converted into loco-hauled with the Class 73 doing the honours with 5 Mark 1 coaches.

The Catering Dept has an extremely bumper day with extended hours and queues all day.

The afternoon saw the EVRA AGM at the Red Lion. I think it came to the surprise of some people that they struggled to even get to the railway with the traffic in the town and even when they did, the car park was rammed full.