Rail fans take a journey through time

LOCOMOTION 1 by David Geskell A FANTASTIC collection of past and present rail images will be on display at an exhibition to celebrate the 190th anniversary of the 1825 Stockton & Darlington Railway.




Darlington Mayor, Councillor Gerald Lee, will welcome visitors to the photography exhibition at Middleton Hall Retirement Village, near Darlington, where more than 75 images will be on display.


Entitled ‘The Line Through Time’, the event has been organised by the award-winning retirement village’s photography club and The Friends of the Stockton to Darlington Railway.


Held on Saturday May 16, the exhibition is part of Darlington Arts Festival, which is featuring a series of events this year on the impact of the railways on our everyday lives to tie in with the 190th anniversary.


The free event will feature a concert given by the Fishburn Academy Band at 10.30am before the main exhibition gets underway. Later at 4.00pm, the Friends will give a presentation about the campaign to gain prestigious world heritage status for the line.


Members of Middleton Hall’s photography group loved getting out and about to take modern day shots of the railway and some of the steam engines which used to be seen on its tracks.


Audra Hunt, the retirement village’s Living Well manager, said: “We’re delighted to be taking part in the arts festival and playing our part in celebrating Darlington’s heritage.


“The photography group has worked really hard to pull this exhibition together and we thought the traditional sounds of a brass band would in a small way be perfect for our event to re-enact the original opening of the railway where a salute of seven guns were fired and the brass band struck up the National Anthem.”



The exhibition will run from 10.30am to 5pm with the concert performance at 10.30am.  Admission is free by ticket only. Tickets are available by contacting the retirement village on (01325) 332207.


Please go to www.mhrv.co.uk for further information on the exhibition.


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