Barnham, Bognor Regis and Seaford 150th Birthday Parties in 2014 was a busy year for the SCRP when it came to community celebrations with both the Barnham & Bognor Regis and the Seaford line reaching 150 years old. To mark these amazing birthdays Sussex Community Rail Partnership and Southern hosted celebrations with local community members.
Working with a number of local groups, councils and volunteers, SCRP created celebrations at 9 stations in June 2014. All involved stalls, events for children, model railway layouts and a little rail history both in the forms of models and pictures. Vintage vehicles were on hand for people to view and even ride on in some cases. A special Southern train with all the local mayors arrived at Seaford station to be welcomed by a re-enactment of the Victorian opening ceremony. These were truly local celebrations arrange with and by local people but due to the nature of the events they drew in people from all of the surrounding areas.
Whilst these are great events, they offer an opportunity to introduce new people to rail in a fun and informative way, supporting local groups and economies.