14th, 15th July 2018

We have had another successful transformation into Elvisham as part of the railways 60’s event. As the Station name change hints, we were joined by Elvis himself over the weekend as he entertained the crowds with lots of his hits. To support him there was also a display of Elvis memorabilia, including items given by him as well as those worn or used by him.
As usual, a lot of preparatory work took place on Friday and Saturday morning including changing the Tea Hut into an American diner, cutting the grass in the marquees, setting up the bar, stage, dressing area, power supplies, and seats together with lots of 60’s bunting and changing the Station nameboards to Elvisham.
With both the American Diner (which sold out of hot dogs twice!) and Weighbridge Teas open, together with the paddock bar (where additional barrels of beer had to be brought in), nearly £5k was taken over both days. Sadly all good things come to an end though and once Elvis had left the building (ok Paddock), it all had to be dismantled and put away. This did take quite a while on Sunday evening, including washing up lots of glasses used over the day. It all had to come down as there is a private wedding taking place next weekend, and the paddock had to be clear ready for their marquee to go up during the week.
Other minor bits and pieces did occur over the weekend. The new steel strengthening brackets have been bolted onto the NER van and the East side door closing mechanism fitted; some new poster back boards have been made ready for the autumn; the CCT has had a pair of doors repainted where the paint was peeling and one door runner has been reinforced and the interior of the CCT has been tidied following the transfer of the stores from the Warehouse last weekend.

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