At Hattersley under Babs' capable direction there was a bouncy castle (which dried out during the morning!!), games and a tombola in action along with free sweets. At Hadfield Joy kindly provided home made biscuits and drawing. Glossop offered a model railway layout (thanks Martin!), storytelling with Caroline England - this proved very popular and Caroline ran two sessions. Also kept very busy were Laura Bradbury and her daughter Thea, assisted by Jacqueline on craftmaking. The wooden teddy bears and rainbows were decorated in fine style by the children. Thanks to Simon Denvers for creating the laser cut wood shapes (contact Simon at www.mekkit.com) and to Andrea for organising the craftwork. Bunty and Barbara were kept busy tagging teddies and Paul Kiddy helped ensure the picnic food and train times were distributed to all our visitors. We thank Mike at Twig Cafe at the station (also now at Station Road Hadfield) for his generous donations of picnic food!
Chrissy and colleagues at The Rainbow Trust's very colourful and attractive stall were kept busy and we thank everyone who gave donations and bought items. This happened too on the trains as money was kindly given to Bungle, Zippy and George en route. Special thanks to Keira, Maeve and Matt for star quality role play!! Having The Rainbow Trust with us gives an extra dimension to the event. Many thanks Chrissy!!!
To David at Glossop Chronicle our thanks for an excellent promotional article and to the shops who displayed Paul Marsh's excellent poster! You did us proud again Paul!! To High Peak Radio and local schools and nurseries who gave support and to Pete for ensuring Twitter followers were kept up to speed!
And lastly to Theo and Northern Rail for arranging the free travel between the stations which makes this event so popular! So many first time train travellers who met happy guards making Teddy Bear announcements and to drivers who waved and tooted horns. Northern Rail at its best. Our sincere thanks!