The long-awaited unveiling of the South Tynedale Railway’s transformational changes brought about by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, will take place at a private event on the 24th July in two parts.
In the afternoon at an official engagement HRH The Duke of Gloucester KG GCVO will be opening the Alston facilities.
The transformation includes the unveiling of the fully accessible Heritage Engineering Workshop which (as well as the HLF grant) was also generously supported by Cumbria Growth Fund who made a major commitment and gave £300k. Cumbria Growth Fund is a Regional Growth Fund grants programme funded by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy.
In the morning, Kathryn Tickell, OBE, Deputy Lieutenant is representing Lord Lieutenant, Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland at the Slaggyford opening.
Although there is still track work to complete, Ms Tickell will tour the Slaggyford facilities and open them at an event attended by specially invited guests.
Society General Manager Heather Palmer said “This is an exciting time in our history where we have upgraded and added to our beautiful heritage attraction and finally reached the second of the original five stations on the old branch line. We are honoured and delighted to have HRH The Duke of Gloucester with us to open the new Alston station facilities and we are proud and humbled that he will be presenting the Queens Award for Voluntary Service while he is with us.
We are also delighted that Ms Tickell is with us in our new Northumberland terminus and it is fitting that a much admired Northumbrian will open this beautiful station.
Our guest list was designed to thank those who have supported us as a Society with funding and other support, including our wonderful volunteers, and we hope that both events are enjoyed by those attending and those who have worked so hard to deliver this transformation.”