The Mid-Norfolk Railway’s Polar Express season has begun with a special performance for Ukraine children currently living in Norfolk who have escaped from the ongoing war in their Country.
As a leading railway charity, the Mid-Norfolk Railway takes its place in the local community seriously and the Mid-Norfolk Railway Preservation Trust Council wanted to make this gesture of support to the children and families that find themselves living in Norfolk as a result of the conflict in their country.
Graham Watts, the Chairman of the Railway said: "The War in Ukraine is in the news still on a regular basis and it is now two years since this conflict began, there is little we can do, however what we can do is hopefully bring some fun and joy at this time of time of the year to these families that find themselves living here in Norfolk not through choice”.
The trip on The Polar Express Train Ride was organised in conjunction with Dereham Ukraine Centre, which saw 145 Ukraine refugees and their Norfolk host families from Dereham and the surrounding villages, enjoy their Polar Express experience on the railway.
The majority of tickets for this year's season have now been sold with just a few pairs still available from the railway’s website.
The outline for next year’s programme is now on the railway’s website with more details of events being published soon.