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Sparks are flying in Loco Town next weekend!

Sparks are flying in Loco Town next weekend!

Celebrations are taking place in Netherfield throughout the weekend of the 23 and 24 November to celebrate the town’s railway heritage.


Netherfield was built up specifically around the needs of the railway that runs through its heart, and the Tracks in Time weekend brings that heritage alive with a range of free events that includes something for everyone.


The Tracks in Time Exhibition and Museum at the St George’s Centre and St. George’s Church is open on Saturday 23 November from 11am to 6pm, and on Sunday 24 November from 11.30am to 5pm, and includes recorded Interviews and images of the heritage of Netherfield and the Colwick Loco as well as artefacts, pictures, plans and memorabilia from Netherfield’s railway heritage.


The School’s Out! Exhibition is at Netherfield Primary School from 12 noon to 4.30pm on both days, and includes display of pictures of former classes and other school memorabilia, with a collection of Victorian artefacts. Also at the school will be an installation created by Izzy Mason with pupils from the school, called The Waiting Room.


Sparks Are Flying in Loco Town, a community performance that moves around the town, takes place at 2pm on both days. The play is set in 1881when people are flocking to Netherfield, a village that is booming and growing into a town.  The railways have arrived and Colwick Loco is growing by the day. Two boys join the workforce, but circumstances drive a wedge between their families – and the generations that follow will never hear the last of it. The play starts outside the Co-op in the middle of Netherfield and then progresses to four other sites.


Other events across the weekend include:

Tales From the Train Tracks (storytelling for four to nine year-olds)

Saturday, 10am to 10.30am

Carlton Library, Manor Road, Carlton


Elevenses Singalong

Saturday, 10.30am to 11.45am

Britannia Court Resident’s Lounge, Victoria Road, Netherfield,


Railway People – The quirky and moving tales of the men and women that

kept Loco Town running, with local author Barrie Waite

Saturday, 2pm

The Fox and Hounds, Station Road, Carlton


Trains, Water and Dispute: The turbulent side of the tracks, with Les


Saturday, 3.30pm

The Fox and Hounds, Station Road, Carlton


Tracks in Time Open Mic Night

Saturday, 8pm

The Fox and Hounds, Station Road, Carlton


Elevenses Talk

Tales from the former schools of Netherfield, with Christine Johnson

Sunday, 11am

Bailey Court Resident’s Lounge, Bailey Street, Netherfield


Sunday Lunchtime Poetry and Quiz

Poetry reading, followed by a lively railway-related quiz. Food will be

available from the pub.

Sunday, 11.30am for a 12 noon start

It’s In The Bank pub, Victoria Road, Netherfield


Councillor Kathryn Fox, Portfolio Holder for Community Development, said: “So much hard work has gone into the Tracks in Time weekend, and it’s a great celebration of Netherfield’s heritage. I hope everyone in the town gets involved.”


People can contact Gedling Borough Council on 0115 901 3715 or email [email protected] for more information, or can visit www.gedling.gov.uk/tracksintime.

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