Bucket and Spade trains go down a treat in Essex

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Greater Anglia has announced that hundreds of families in Essex enjoyed Bucket & Spade trains thanks to the train operator and the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership.

More than 400 people enjoyed the three special trains which ran between Colchester and Walton on the Naze in August 2018.

The train cost just £5 for Adults and £3 for children, tickets included a free bucket and spade for every child and fun and games during the journey.

On the 30th August 2018, day trippers were met by stilt walkers upon arrived in Walton on the Naze who lead the way to the market square.

What did the officials say?

Terri Ryland, Community Rail Partnership Officer for Essex County Council said:

“The Bucket & Spade trains were a huge success this year and meant that so many local families could enjoy a memorable day out on our wonderful coast without breaking the bank.

“We were delighted to partner with Essex County Council’s ‘Resorting to the Coast’ campaign which promotes tourism on the Tendring coast line, which enabled us to include the live entertainment and stilt walkers as part of the Bucket and Spade train events for even more fun and excitement.”

Paul Haynes, Community Partnerships Manager, Greater Anglia, said:

“A day out by rail offers so much fun for families and it’s so easy and cheap.

“We’re very grateful to the Essex and South Suffolk Community Rail Partnership for their hard work in making the Bucket & Spade trains such a successful community event, which is also helped to boost sustainable tourism to the Essex coast.”

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