A quick report on Friday's open evening and some pictures for Paul!
Thanks to everyone that turned up to support us in what turned out to be a lovely evening. A special thanks to Peter Q who organised the evening and John C our main chef, they both spent the whole evening slaving over a hot barbeque. They were ably assisted by Lynda who took the orders and the money. Here the queue has started to form way before opening time.
This is how it looked for most of the evening at the other end of the gazebo Hilary, Ron and John B managed the bar which was very busy.
During the evening visitors were allowed up into the signal box operating room, which amongst other things gave the best view of the canopy structure which is currently being erected. John S was present to answer technical questions assisted by other volunteers. It certainly looked very smart with the restored furniture, fireplace and the blocking shelf fitted. It also gave a view of the work the contractors are doing on the embankment.
The signal box also gave this view of the far side of the drive where our picnic area will be. The Harvington ukulele group played for us all evening and very good they were too.
A lot of people sat, with a drink in the evening sun, enjoying the music. In the foreground is the spear fencing at the rear of platform 1 and some of the platform edging stones waiting for the gap to be closed.
Visitors were also allowed to walk along platform 2 to view the front of the station building, unfortunately swathed in scaffolding, but not for too much longer. Access was restricted as a necessity of our visitor's safety, but it certainly allowed the progress to be viewed.
Another look at the Harvington ukulele group as the shadows lengthened.
Further down the drive Edna is encouraging a visitor to part with some money. With Julie and Steve the sales shed was a hive of activity and dispensed information as well as goodies to buy.
A final shot shows our lovely shuttle bus for the evening, glowing in the evening sun. Our thanks to Graham for all his help during the evening and the Caravan Club site for allowing Graham to turn in their entrance parking area.
Finally thanks to all the other volunteers who spent a hot day setting things up, the evening mingling and talking to our visitors and then clearing up afterwards.
Finally, finally where were you Toddington Ted? We were all looking forward to meeting one of our blogs keenest commentators.