Train journey celebrates Royal occasion in Waveney

People came together to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday at Lowestoft train station. Picture: Mic

People came together to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday at Lowestoft train station. Picture: Mick Howes. - Credit: Archant

On a day filled with Queen's birthday events, one of the more unique took place on the East Suffolk train line.

A brass band played on a service between Lowestoft and Ipswich on Saturday afternoon, performing at each station on its route.

Patriotic tunes could be heard at three of our railway stations courtesy of Southwold and Reydon Corps of Drums. Large crowds turned out to celebrate the Queen's 90th birthday and enjoy performances from the band at Beccles, Halesworth and at Lowestoft stations.

With volunteers from the Community Rail Partnership (CRP) having been kept 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 brass band performed at each station on Saturday.

In Beccles, the newly opened station cafe opened its doors to the public with music from the band between noon and 12.15pm.

At 12.45pm the band performed at Lowestoft station, under the watching eye of the town's new mayor Nick Webb, who joined members from the CRP and station staff to give out free birthday cake to passengers.

At Halesworth station the celebrations kicked off at 1pm as the town's station adopters hosted a special tea party.

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The museum located inside the former station building, also extended its opening hours until 4pm.

Big crowds flocked to see the band perform at Halesworth Station, with Martin Halliday, of the CRP, describing it as the biggest audience of the day.

Graham Hillier, bass drummer and secretary for the Southwold and Reydon Corps Band, said: 'We were well received and there were lots of people in Halesworth particularly, and good crowds at the other two locations.'

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