15 November 1996

Lively evening stays on rails

LINCOLNSHIRE-BRIGG FWC gathered at Arties Mill for their harvest supper. A lively evening, organised by Angela Chatterton for members and their husbands, was enriched by a talk about the Lost Railways of Lincolnshire by Stewart Squires.

He showed slides of landmarks of the 340 miles of railway that have been abandoned over the years. Ironstone quarries, the agricultural and fish industries were all served by steam trains. The coming of the railway in Victorian times caused a social revolution bringing work to rural areas. At the height of its popularity it was recorded that in 1953 on August bank holiday Monday 10,000 people boarded 19 trains for a day out at Cleethorpes. Stewarts talk ended on a happy note that although so much has been lost, the Legbourne Railway near Louth is being revived.

The evening was rounded off by the calling of the raffle and FWCs own singer, Karen Lingard, entertaining us with a couple of songs as she was a winner!

Jean Howells

Brigg members Angela Chatterton, Margaret Gratton, Eva Richardson and Angela Todd with Jean Howells (right), prepare to draw the raffle at their harvest supper.