Our first Open Day on Saturday 17th September was a great success, with warm sunny weather for most of the day which brought a steady stream of visitors. The breezy conditions did cause a few moments of panic with the exhibition tents and display boards threatening to blow away, but we overcame these in the end! The event marked the closure of Spetisbury station exactly 60 years previously, with displays of archive photographs of the station as well as artefacts unearthed on site. There were also information panels about the much loved (and much missed) Somerset & Dorset railway, sales stands and a book signing. Our teas, cakes and hot food proved a big hit too – and we sold out of burgers and hot dogs, which can’t be bad!
The event raised new awareness in the Spetisbury Station Project, and we would like to extend our thanks to members of the Blandford Forum Railway Club and the Somerset & Dorset Railway Trust for supporting us on the day, Tesco (Blandford) for donating catering supplies and to the local landowner for allowing parking on private land for the event.