Sunday, 15 January 2017

Suffolk on TV

Did anyone watch Micheal Port-a-loo, sorry Portillo on his latest train trip when he was passing through Suffolk. It was on Friday teatime and he visited The Long Shop Museum in Leiston  which we know well. Before that he hopped off the train at Stowmarket and went to Brockford to The Mid Suffolk Light Railway Museum and although we've not been there yet, in a few weeks time we'll be living  a couple of fields from this little bit of reconstructed railway and to look forward to they have a MIDDY IN THE WAR YEARS event every year.
Typically for a rural village, the railway museum  upset a lot of people round about. They first got permission for static railway displays, then managed to get some track laid so they could run up and down and are now applying for permission to extend the track. Mrs F who we are buying from, visibly Harumphed! when we mentioned the railway - obviously she was one of those against expansion! Apart from hearing the steam whistle across the fields it doesn't affect the house at all.
The Mid Suffolk Light railway was never finished, never successful and ran out of money and closed in 1952. When I was small -early 60's - one of the roads we traveled on in a village near Stowmarket still had a hump in the road  where the old railway had crossed the road and I can remember my Mum saying that children from the North Suffolk area would travel by this train to Stowmarket Grammar School in the pre-war years.

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Sue

10 comments:

  1. I really enjoyed the programme. Indeed, I'm a Portillo fan. At least you can tell everything he says, which is more than can be said of most people on TV these days.
    Margaret P

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  2. Oh I missed that one but I bet hubby watched it. I'll see if it's on catch up-x-

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  3. We are recording the whole series and will enjoy each segment several times! I love travelling all round the country from my armchair, especially in the grottier months. He finds some fascinating places to visit, all those quirky shops, traders and artisans.

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  4. I enjoy his programme so I watch it. :-)
    J x

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  5. New one on me. Sounds as if I would like it. I have to own up and say I have never been to Suffolk.....Hope its all improved on the moving front.

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  6. Wow sounds interesting! I never knew that.

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  7. He's been in Newark, in his daftly coloured trousers!

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  8. Yes I always watch his program. Especially enjoyed seeing Suffolk. The Middy in the war years event sounds good.

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  9. I dont tend to watch much tv but this sounds interesting i shall see if i can find it on catch up
    sammie xx

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  10. I've only seen one of the episodes this series and that wasn't it. I do enjoy these programmes and especially like to see which jaunty coloured outfit Mr P is wearing!
    Lisa x

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