Join us on Saturday 9th March, at St. Michael’s Church, Heighington, 2pm until 4.30pm, for a fascinating event all about the history of the railways in our local area. Meet our amazing speakers, Niall Hammond, Chair of the Friends of the Stockton and Darlington Railway, Richie Starrs, Heritage Action Zone Project Manager and Niccy Halifax, recently appointed Director for the Bicentenary Festival of the S&DR.
Discover the captivating stories of how the railways first arrived and the impact they had on our community. The industries that sprang up supported by the railways, from the pioneering locomotives to the hardworking railway workers, this event will bring the past to life.
Explore a variety of exhibits showcasing vintage photographs, artifacts, and displays. Browse our pop-up shops. Learn about the challenges faced during the construction of the railways and the subsequent growth and development they brought to the region, the Northeast and across the globe.
Hear first-hand, the plans for the Bicentenary of the S&DR in 2025. Already under construction is the Witton Park to Stockton 26-mile walking/cycling route and the huge building projects at Shildon and Darlington, which are nearing completion. The Friends will reveal their hopes for the future of the former Locomotion public house at Heighington Station, recently upgraded by Historic England, to Grade 2* listed and the oldest purpose-built passenger railway station building in the world.
Listen to engaging talks from local historians and railway enthusiasts who will share their knowledge and anecdotes. Ask questions, share your own stories, immerse yourself in our rich railway heritage. Join The Friends, get involved, become a volunteer. The 200th Anniversary of the S&DR is fast approaching.
Whether you’re a history buff, a railway enthusiast, or simply curious about our local heritage, this event is not to be missed. Mark your calendars for a day filled with fascinating insights into the railways that shaped the world.
Tickets £5 including refreshments (under 16s free) from Margaret Fenwick on 07970 600631 or pay at the door or online.
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