Celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Brighton to Seaford line

From Elspeth Broady of DRARA:

Brighton to Seaford Railway Line Celebrations

The line opened in 1864, although our local station was not built until 1877. To celebrate the 150th anniversary, a number of events are planned along the line for Saturday 7th June  It would be good to be part of these celebrations and have as many local people involved as possible.

Informal meeting to discuss this: drop by the Signalman between 5.45 – 6.45 on Thursday 6th February.

DRARA reps will be there …  ANY ideas would be good. If you have any photos of the station or our area from various points in the past, do bring them along! Come along if you have reminiscences of the station … e.g. anybody else remember Somersby, the large tabby cat who used to greet passengers in the 1990s?

If you’d like to be involved, or have some ideas, but cannot come to the meeting, do get in touch – write to email@ditchlingrise.org.

Initial ideas are:

  • A street party in and around the station and Shaftesbury Place focusing on a shared lunch – and some activities with a railway theme.
  • ‘The station and us’: Exhibition boards around the station, based on photos, some background research and reminiscences, depicting events in the history of the station and our area, e.g. pre-1900, 1900-1918, 1918-1945, 1945-1970s, 1980s to now .
  • We’ve started collecting photographs, we’ve got some reminiscences – I’m sure there’s more out there. Printed posters could then be displayed permanently at the station, and audio files linked to our website.
  • A short guided walk around the area, focusing on historical elements linked to our railway history.
  • more ideas needed!
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