Lincolnshire Coast Light Railway

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10th anniversary gala celebrating 10 years since the LCLR opened at Skegness.

The Mayor of Skegness Cllr. Mark Dannatt, the Jolly Fisherman and LCLRs Chris Bates stand by "Jurassic" which will haul the train.

Chris introduces the Mayor to Eddie Draper who worked on the original LCLR at Humberston.

Jim Smith, also an ex Humberston volunteer and now LCLR secretary meets the Mayor.

Peter Jarvis, with wife Mary, recalls how he rode the narrow gauge railway into the potato fields as a boy at Nocton in WW2. 

The LCLR bought much of its equipment from the Nocton Estate when it closed in 1950s.

LCLR chairman, Richard Shepherd, gives a short speech, welcoming the Mayor, Jolly Fisherman and guests, and gives a brief history of the railway.

Sam Ellis replies on behalf of the Skegness Water Leisure Park.

The Mayor is given fireman Peter Balderstons shovel with a 10th anniversary cake on it. The cake was

in fact a piece of wooden sleeper beautifully iced by Horncastle student Millie Waby

The cake is carefully placed into "Jurassics" firebox by the Mayor.

The Jolly Fisherman seems pleased with the Mayors firing of the loco!

With special anniversary tickets in hand the Mayor, aided by Jolly, waves the green flag to open the gala.

"Jurassic" returns to Walls Lane on a later train of the day with anniversary headboard fitted.

Whilst the Mayor returns home in a comfortable car, Jolly accompanied by his aide prefers this vintage Austin pickup.