Paston College seeks railway memories

Students from Paston College have asked anyone with memories of travelling or working on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway in its operational days to get in touch with them.

Students from Paston College have asked anyone with memories of travelling or working on the Midland and Great Northern Joint Railway in its operational days to get in touch with them.

The M&GN network connected dozens of communities to the railway, including Mundesley, Stalham, Potter Heigham, Aylsham and Felmingham.

Many miles of track were closed in 1959, although not all the sections were permanently destroyed, with surviving routes in existence today including the Norwich to Sheringham mainline Bittern Line and the privately owned Sheringham to Holt Poppy Line.

Other parts of the network can still be seen today in the form of trackbed footpaths such as the Marriott's Way.


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Students studying AS level performance studies at Paston College in North Walsham want to put on a music hall style performance of dance, music and drama once they have researched the history of the railway, especially the sections near the town.

'It is in its embryonic stage at the moment, but to get it going we want to interview as many people as we can who remember the M&GN,' said Mandy McKenna at the college.

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'It will be a promenade production where we go out to the old Felmingham cut, if we can get permission, and walk the audience with us.

'The plan is for it to be both educational and fun.'

t Contact the college's expressive arts department on 01692 402334.

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