Official opening of the new Abington Park train to take place this weekend

Published: Monday, 05 June 2017

The return of the iconic Abington Park train is to be celebrated on Saturday 10 June, with a small ceremony and family entertainment.

The celebrations will take place between 10am and 12pm, with entertainment from face painters, children’s favourite Peppa Pig and Mr Whoopsie Daisy the Clown taking place throughout that time.

A short ceremony will be held at 11am, with the family of the late former Mayor John Gardner officially opening the play train, which has been named in his honour.

The Gardner Express was chosen as the name of the train to help recognise the contribution John made in the Borough during his role as Mayor, as a local politician and through his volunteering at the Northampton and Lamport Railway Preservation Society.

Members of the Society will be attending the ceremony to show their respect.

The Borough Council cabinet member for environment, Councillor Mike Hallam, said: “The Abington Park train is a great addition to the offer of our premier park, so we’re really pleased that it is in place ahead of the summer holidays.

“We invite people to join us at the celebrations on Saturday, not only to enjoy the train and entertainment but to also recognise the commitment Mr Gardner showed in the community.”