NELPG’s weekend to remember

By Maurice Burns

The momentous occasion of celebrating 50 years of the North Eastern Locomotive Preservation Group as a volunteer society was duly marked in fine style over the last weekend of October, following a year of planning.

NER J72 0-6-0T No. 69023 pilots K1 No. 62005 past Esk Valley on the 14.12pm Whitby to Pickering on October 30. MAURICE BURNS
NER J72 0-6-0T No. 69023 pilots K1 No. 62005 past Esk Valley on the 14.12pm Whitby to Pickering on October 30. MAURICE BURNS

Fifty years on, to the exact day in the exact same room at the Bridge Hotel in Newcastle where the group was formed, members gathered to celebrate; some by buying a pint of Newcastle ‘Brooon’ as they had done all those years ago.

In a night full of nostalgia, a birthday cake was cut by six of the members who had been present at the first meeting. It was also appropriately announced that the two remaining founders of the society – Peter Proud and Kevin Gould were to be made vice-presidents of NELPG.

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