Brookside Miniature Railway reopening set to benefit ill children

Brookside Miniature Railway to close
Credit: Brookside Miniature Railway

The sound of miniature trains is set to be a familiar scene in Poynton soon thanks to local enthusiasts who didn’t want to lose a local attraction.

The Brookside Miniature Railway closed in September 2018, this left many visitors voicing their disappointment. However, not a band of local enthusiasts have worked hard to replace bridges and track and will be hosting a Grand Re-Opening on Sunday 24th March 2019.

The volunteers have put in months of hard work to revamp the site and have welcomed visitors back every weekend since late 2018, however, they decided an official re-opening would be a fitting way to announce Brookside Miniature Railway was back in business.

The day will be free for all visitors, who will be able to enjoy train rides, Keelings Vintage Fun Fair and music from Mad Ed’s Hot Five Jazz Band.

Instead of paying for train rides or vintage rides, visitors will instead be asked to make a donation to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

The Grand Re-Opening will be held from 11am to 4pm.

As the railway crosses over the boundary between Stockport and Poynton, the mayor of Poynton, Sarah-Jane Gilmore will invite both mayors from either side of the border to jointly cut the ribbon at 2pm.

Mayor of Cheshire East Councillor Lesley Smetham will share the ceremony with Mayor and Mayoress of Stockport, Councillor Walter Brett and Mrs Maureen Brett.

Collections on the day will all go to Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity. After the re-opening day, normal fees will apply and a train ticket will cost £2.

What did the officials say?

Chris MacKenzie MBE, one of the railway directors, said:

“The event started off as simple ‘we’re back in business’ but then volunteers decided it would be great to make the entire event free, but with voluntary donations to the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity.

“When others heard what we were planning, they also offered their services for free; stewarding, providing funfair rides, musicians, charity collections – the list is endless.

“Of course the Brookside Garden Centre staff from Klondike-Strikes have also been very supportive.

“I find it encouraging how so many people from the community are keen to get involved and help a charity that’s so important to local families.”

Andy Prior, the railway’s Site Manager, said:

“We chose the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity because many of our customers are children. It’s nice to give something back to a charity benefitting children, especially those who really need it.”

Jo Thomas, Community Fundraiser at Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital Charity, said:

“Our volunteer donation collectors, and of course Humphrey, can’t wait to meet all the young visitors at the Grand Re-Opening.

“We’re so touched the volunteers chose to ask for donations instead of selling tickets – it really does mean a great deal to us.

“We hope the day is a big success and encourage children and families to go along and have some fun.”

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