Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway 60th Anniversary Gala postponed

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steam locomotive Jurassic on the Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway
Credit: Dave Enefer/LCLR

The Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway Historic Vehicles Trust has announced that it has postponed its plans for its anniversary gala due to take place on Saturday 18th July 2020.

The Railway had also planned to operate a special service on Saturday 4th July 2020, to mark the 30th anniversary of the Skegness Water Leisure Park and also, the 25th anniversary of the opening of Skegness Airfield.

Already postponed due to the Coronavirus pandemic was the Motor Rail Through The Decades, which was set to take place on Saturday 6th June 2020.

A decision will be taken in due course on whether it will be possible to operate any of the LCLR’s timetabled services advertised for July, August and September 2020.

What did the officials say?

Trust Chairman, Richard Shepherd, said:

“We are very disappointed not be able to stage these events, but the Government’s measures to control the spread of the virus and our concern for the safety and welfare of our volunteers, our intending passengers and the many people in the Water Leisure Park whose support makes possible the operation of our Railway, leaves us no choice.

“These are postponements, not cancellations. Preparation for these events takes our volunteers many months of work and at the moment, we cannot access our site or its equipment.  If we have to leave it a year to celebrate our anniversaries, we’ll just point out the train is running one year late. That’s probably another world record for the LCLR”.

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