On behalf of myself, the GWR Trust board and all the members, may a say a big THANK YOU to all those volunteers that planned and worked tirelessly towards and throughout the Festival. A special thanks must go to Paul Richardson and the organising committee for a job extremely well done.
The response from visitors and volunteers alike was, "brilliant", when can we do it again?
What really made it so good for me was that after the last two and a bit years, when many of our volunteers were heads and shoulders down, wondering if we would ever get back to normal and really begin to enjoy our hobby again, would it ever end? Well this weekend it did. Following a wonderful Wartime in the Cotswolds event, we have bounced back in style and with a great deal of panache. The improvement in morale was palpable, the whole feel of the railway was better than ever and there were smiles on the faces of everyone. It was great to see and experience.
Despite a very poor weather day on Friday the great Sun God shone for us during the remainder of the weekend and a very good time was had by all. Through the efforts of all involved, the railway has put itself back on the must visit list and not just with enthusiasts but many many families and friends.
It is too early to say just how well we did financially but no doubt Malcolm Temple will have news on that in due course.
Maxine-Barton Hawkins now has two more Patrons for the Developement Foundation and will let us have the details soon.
The Trust enrolled 12 new members, 2 of whom wish to become volunteers, a gentleman whose membership lapsed in December 2010 has re-enrolled. "Great".
It is quite clear that the railway has had a very successful weekend on all fronts and that in no small measure is down to the enormous amount of hard work done by all involved. Every one give themselves a well earned pat on the back, "You deserve it".