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The Station turns Five and is to Celebrate in Style
Wednesday, Nov 7, 2012
The Station turns Five and is to Celebrate in Style
A popular North Yorkshire tourist attraction that opened its doors to the public five years ago this month is to mark its milestone birthday with a weekend of family activities and partying.

The Station in Richmond, which now boasts regular visitor numbers in excess of 350,000 a year, is to celebrate its ‘5th Birthday Bash’ over three days from Friday 9 November to Sunday 11 November, and everyone is invited to join in the fun.

A hectic itinerary of celebrations will kick off at 10am on Friday 9 November, involving live demonstrations from some of The Station’s artisan food producers; The Station’s newly-launched historical tours with slide shows telling the story of the restoration; birthday singing with The Station Singers and birthday cakes made by resident food producers Laceys Cheese and The Angel’s Share; drop-in arts and craft sessions for all ages; and a variety of live music on the Lower Platform.

Further highlights include The Station’s first miniature steam train offering rides to all the family; a Birthday Buffet on the Saturday evening with 2-course hot dinner and live jazz and blues played by Somethin’ Blue (tickets £12.50; starts 7.45pm); and a Big Birthday Quiz at 8pm on the Sunday evening (no booking needed; everyone welcome). The Station cinema will also offer two screenings of Brief Encounter to bring a touch of railway nostalgia to the occasion.

‘We are using our 5th Birthday as an opportunity to say thank you to everyone who has believed in The Station and supported the renovation project from the outset,’ said Manager, Laura Hannaway. ‘The building has evolved into a unique arts and heritage venue and its undisputed success is largely due to the support of the local community, be it through financial contributions; volunteering to help out, or simply by using the building and enhancing its value as a great community asset. The Station is a charitable organisation, and like all charities in today’s difficult economic climate, we can only continue to survive with the ongoing generosity of others.’

The full Birthday programme of events can be viewed at The Station is open from 9am until late evening on all three days and many of the celebrations are free. Leaflets explaining how to become a Friend of The Station will also be available. Friends pledge an annual donation of £24 in return for which they receive attractive discounts at the restaurant, cinema and food shops.

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