Using fashion to raise money for charity and the story of the haunted railway tunnel

Easter Sunday was the setting for the Pershore Carnival Duck Race involving a few hundred plastic ducks being thrown into the Avon and then cajoled and persuaded (if that is the appropriate phrase) to drift past the winning post with the aid of the indomitable South Worcester Lifeguards.  Unfortunately, in spite of blue skies and sunshine there was quite a wind blowing the water one way and the current taking it the other – result stalemate. However the first five ducks were cheered on and eventually past the post causing confusion to several dozen mallards who had got caught up in the excitement and didn’t quite know which way they were supposed to go if anywhere.

I presented the cheque for £100 to the holder of the winning duck number who was also given the duck in question to add to her memory box.

On 6 April I made another visit to GWR Steam Railway to see Broadway station under construction solely by volunteers except for the steelwork,  the station and car park being constructed with bricks from the London Crossway project and the  signal box from Newton Abbott.

Broadway Station under construction

Broadway Station under construction

 

Had a discussion regarding memories of shiny British rail toilet paper which was apparently originally produced by Izal who had the means to make disinfected paper using clay. You’ll be pleased to know that there are no plans to replicate this.

The dream is to get to Stratford but in the meantime there is to be another share issue to raise the £1.5m to achieve the last mile to Broadway although at an estimated cost of £2m per mile Stratford could take some time.

Me at the controls at Broadway Station

Me at the controls at Broadway Station

Whilst being plied with fish and chips we passed through Gotherington Station now privately owned by you’ve guessed it a railway enthusiast,  whose garden sported an amazing display of  railway memorabilia including a mini railway complete with signal box.

I was told an interesting story about the ghost said to inhabit Greet tunnel after a ganger was killed in 1912 and apparently hasn’t moved on.

Did you know that all Cotswold stations have pine trees, have a look next time you visit one.

On 7 April I held a Fashion Show at the Civic Centre  to raise funds for Dementia UK.

Karen Maslen one of my fashion show models

Karen Maslen one of my fashion show models

Many thanks to all riends, acquaintances and staff who helped, including the managing director of WDC Jack Hegarty. Think a good time was had by all especially when the boys appeared strutting their stuff –  however don’t think there’s any change of careers envisaged.

Wychavon's Managing Director Jack Hegarty was one of those taking to the catwalk for my fashion show

Wychavon’s Managing Director Jack Hegarty was one of those taking to the catwalk for my fashion show

The day after I attended the Worcester Mayor’s charity brass band concert in the Guildhall which provided fantastic acoustics for Worcester Concert Brass, amongst whose stirring renditions was a performance of the Floral Dance in honour of the late Terry Wogan.  Caused some concern to the seagulls attempting to go to sleep outside the windows although some seemed to be dancing in time to the music.  Look forward to seeing WCB this year at Pershore Midsummer Brass on 2 July.

Cllr Roger Knight, Mayor of Worcester, doing his version of 633 squadron at Worcester Concert Brass performance.

Cllr Roger Knight, Mayor of Worcester, doing his version of 633 squadron at Worcester Concert Brass performance.

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