2016’s Singalongtheline event has been even better this year – with more than fifty guests enjoying the experience of traveling to Sowerby Bridge and back – a little different from the usual commute in that over thirty of them were pupils from our three primary schools here in Mytholmroyd.
The children, from Burnley Road, Cragg Road and Scout Road school choirs joined together to sing for their supper, as it were. Bemused passengers looked on, smiled and applauded these lovely youngsters for their efforts.
The group were extremely well organised, and behaved impeccably on the platforms with regard to safety issues; the railway station is a safe environment as long as we remember that trains can’t swerve, or slow down quickly..
At Sowerby Bridge – who should be waiting to escort the happy band – but Father Christmas!
He smiled and waved and led us all into the ‘Jubilee Rooms’ to be greeted with warmth and applause, and ‘pop’ by Andrew and Chris Wright and friends before the children settled in to create a wave of happy singing as they waited for Santa to chat to each of them (and to receive a gift)
Then back on the train to ‘Royd – where parents and friends were waiting to collect them in the welcoming warmth of the Shoulder of Mutton. More music, excitement, mince pies, laughter and love.
The whole event lasted over three hours – but took much longer to organise – so it’s thanks to Northern’s Paul Barnfield and his management staff who funded and supported our event, the Mayor of HRTC , Cllr Tony Hodgins and Hazel Scrivens his Consort, our Deputy Lord Lieutenant of West Yorkshire Chris Harris – with Joseph, to the Head teachers and children of our schools, to Santa (unnamed as we will want to use him again! Be warned) The shoulder of Mutton, The Jubilee Rooms – and of course the Station Partnership members who all enjoyed the pie and pea supper afterwards
All pictures by Paul Bigland.