Fred fired up for charity success

EVERY time Fred Last opens his Kirton Light Railway to the public he is chuffed at the numbers who turn up to enjoy the rides.He has also been left thrilled at how much the event raises for charity.

EVERY time Fred Last opens his Kirton Light Railway to the public he is chuffed at the numbers who turn up to enjoy the rides.

He has also been left thrilled at how much the event raises for charity.

Last month's open day at his home in Falkenham Road, Kirton, again drew big crowds - and raised £1,280 for the work of the St Elizabeth Hospice.

“It's really lovely to be able to hand over so much money to such a good cause,” said Mr Last.

“I am always amazed that the people come and how much they enjoy it - they all go away asking me when the next event will be!”

The railway runs around the garden of his home - with scale electric and steam trains big enough for everyone to ride.

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There were also static displays for people to see and guided tours of the workshops.

Mr Last is station master, driver and guard all rolled in to one - though he had three friends as drivers working this year because of the huge crowds.

He thanked villagers, too, who gave him support by baking cakes to keep the station buffet stocked and manning the refreshments and gate, keeping the tracks clear, and for providing prizes for the tombola.

Mr Last, who also runs traction engines at various events around the county, said he had considered giving up the summer railway days a few years ago but was glad he had carried on because so many people really appreciated them.