Musical events planned for Beccles, Lowestoft and Halesworth train station to mark Queen’s birthday

Bunting has been put up at stations along the route including Oulton Broad South station, pictured.

Bunting has been put up at stations along the route including Oulton Broad South station, pictured. - Credit: Archant

Special station events are taking place on the East Suffolk Line tomorrow to mark the Queen's 90th birthday.

All this week volunteers from the Community Rail Partnership (CRP) have been busy decorating the train stations at Beccles, Lowestoft and Halesworth with red, white and blue bunting in preparation for the arrival of the Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums.

The band will be playing three short concerts at each station throughout the day to mark the milestone.

The fun starts at Beccles Station from midday as the newly opened Station Café and community space opens its doors to the public, with music from the band between noon and 12.15pm. Beccles Station has also teamed up with Norfolk based Duchess Afternoon Teas who will be exhibiting its fine china and speciality tea with a chance for the public to see inside the newly restored station building.

At 12.45pm Lowestoft Station is next to host the band as the town's new mayor Nick Webb joins members from the CRP and station staff to distribute free birthday cake to passengers until 1pm.


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And at Halesworth the celebrations kick off at 1pm as the town's station adopters host a special tea party in honour of Her Majesty with free tea and cake. Halesworth Museum, located inside the former station building, will also extend its opening hours until 4pm, presenting an opportunity to discover more about the town and the railway's history with the band making its final appearance at 1.40pm.

Later in the day celebratory cakes provided by the CRP will be distributed to passengers onboard some train services and at other stations along the line including Woodbridge.

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The event is the first of two special anniversaries for the railway which connects Lowestoft to Ipswich this summer. It will also be marking 50 years since it was saved from closure as recommended in the Beeching Report.

Following a hard fought local campaign spearheaded by the East Suffolk Travellers Association (ESTA), the line was reprieved in 1966. And last year train operator Abellio Greater Anglia named a train ESTA 1965-2015 marking fifty years since the campaign group was formed.

A spokesperson for the Community Rail Partnership said: 'We are delighted to have facilitated several special events along the line this summer including this weekend's Queen's birthday celebrations. We look forward to both hosting and supporting many more exciting events during this special anniversary year.'

Is your group celebrating a special milestone? Email the details to amy.smith@archant.co.uk or call 01502 712060.

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