Posted by: Belinda Hargreaves
Fri 3rd November 2023
Public events celebrating the restoration of Derbyshire’s oldest railway station are continuing this weekend.
We reported last week that the restoration of Wingfield Station has now been completed by the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust and that the trust is playing host to a series of events to mark the occasion.
On Friday, October 27, the historic venue was officially re-opened by Enid Buxton (née Barlow) who lived at Wingfield Station near Alfreton as a child in the 1950s when her father William Barlow was station master there.
The following day, on Saturday, October 28, a public open day was hosted for visitors to have the chance to take a look around the restored building as well as enjoy performances by a group of re-enactors, Shirland Brass Band and the Alfreton Male Voice Choir.
Pictured above is Wingfield Station before its restoration.
There are three more public open day events taking place at Wingfield Station from today (Friday, November 3) through until Sunday (November 5).
A spokesman for the Derbyshire Historic Buildings Trust said today: “Currently we are just shy of 1,000 visitors so far, over our invite-only launch on Friday and our three public open days Saturday to Monday.
“The atmosphere at the events has been really positive, people are really delighted to see the station repaired.
“Lots of people are contributing their memories of the station for our memory bank which will be stored in the station’s safe.”
They continued: “We are open today until 4pm for drop-in visitors. We have got our family trail and a film of the restoration process, and there is great coffee and cinnamon swirls for sale.
“We are also open again tomorrow and Sunday between 11am and 4pm.”
For further information go to https://www.derbyshirehistoricbuildingstrust.org.uk/
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