The Station celebrates its tenth birthday in style

Richmond Operatic Society perform on the Platform. Photo: Guy Carpenter/Gullwing Photograhy.

The Station in Richmond transported visitors back The Victorian era with its special tenth birthday event, A Victorian Intrigue, on Saturday.

A free day out for the whole family, the event aimed to celebrate the successes of the last ten years while thanking the people of Richmondshire for their support.

The event took place on the Platform throughout the day and featured performances from storyteller Irene Lofthouse, illusionist Steel Johnson, puppeteer Martin Thorpe and Richmond Operatic Society, who performed some numbers from their upcoming production of Scrooge.

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The winner of the Station’s grand raffle was announced as Jean Slater from Stockton.

She wins the original Sue Dewhurst painting of the venue.

The winner of the Station’s design a birthday cake local schools competition was also announced.

Sue Dewhurst and manager Eileen Halliday draw the Grand Raffle winner.

Serena, aged eight, was presented with her design made into a 3D cake by staff from Angel’s Share Bakery.

Serena also won book tokens for herself and her school.

Local greengrocers, Neeps and Tatties provided roasted chestnuts and hot soup for visitors.

Alex and Aimee from Angel’s Share Bakery present competition winner Serena with her cake. Photo: Guy Carpenter/Gullwing Photography.

There was also an opportunity to watch a free screening of Brief Encounter at The Station Cinema, dress up in Victorian clothes, have a photo in front of a specially commissioned backdrop, take part in Victorian crafts & games and handle Victorian artefacts, thanks to Richmondshire Museum.

Communications coordinator Jemma Holliday said: “We had a fantastic day celebrating our tenth birthday.

“We had lots of families who stayed all day and soaked up the atmosphere, enjoying our building and the variety of businesses here.

“It was so lovely to see the smiles on the faces of all the families enjoying the activities and performances – the staff very much enjoyed them too.

Thanks go to everyone who helped to make the day such a success. We look forward to organising more events in the near future.”

Upcoming events at the Station include free children’s Christmas crafts on December 3, Making Spirits Bright – a late night shopping event at the Shop on December 6 – see thestation.co.uk for details -and Reeth Brass Band on December 17.

There are also upcoming art exhibitions from Arts Collective Take 8 and Rebecca Jayne.