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Commemorative Day at Foxfield Railway

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Commemorative Day at Foxfield Railway

By timesecholife on in Past Events

2nd September 2018

As part of this year’s Royal British Legion’s 'Thank You' campaign the Foxfield Steam Railway is holding a special event open to the public on Sunday, September 2.

The event will be opened by Sir William Cash MP – Member of Parliament for Blythe Bridge and Stone, who has a poignant family connection with the tragedy of war as his own father (who won the Military Cross) was killed on the Normandy beaches.

In addition to various stalls set out as a 1918 village square in front of the railway station the famous Knotty Heritage Steam Train will be running with its WW1 carriages.

The Borderlines Theatre Group from the New Vic Theatre will perform “The Minnie Pit Disaster” based on the mining tragedy which befell the pit at Halmer End during the Great War when more than 150 men and boys lost their lives.

Local literary hero Arnold Bennett (in the form of well known local actor Ray Johnson) will be in attendance reading from his WW1 works.

Visitors will have the opportunity to handle some of our feathered friends, including Chocolate the Eagle Owl, from the Lower Moss Wildlife Sanctuary, courtesy of Ian Daniells. Plus they will be able to say hello to Grace the Shire Horse (like the horses which pulled the Field Guns in the Great War) and her smaller Shetland Pony friends, courtesy of Duncan Milner. The ‘Peace Through Folk’ choir will also be performing.

The Armistice Centenary Commemoration at Foxfield Railway will run between 10.30am and 5pm.

For further information call 07913 029381.

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