The Railway Band (r-l above: Rob Smith, Bev Slaughter, Clive Charlton, Bruce Horner and guest washboard virtuoso Graham Hodgson) sang a variety of railway songs, many adapted from classic folk songs with new lyrics from Rob, Bev and Clive.
After the first performance the assemblage sang 'Happy Birthday' and the first verse of 'God Save the Queen'. Stationmaster Chris Groves suddenly appeared with a celebration birthday cake in the shape of a corgi, the Queen's favourite dog, which everyone enjoyed. Chris then invited everyone to take a trip in the goods wagon down the short piece of track. What he omitted to tell us was that he had placed a couple of detonators under the wheels, which went off with an enormous bang!
Later in the afternoon the Railway Band delighted the crowd (now with an extra five people, many of them children) to another rendition of the songs, followed by another jolting trip down the line, this time without detonators!
|The Huge Crowd|