Friday, 26 October 2012

Coronation Street charity race for Children in Need

  

Tony Hirst, who plays Coronation Street's Paul "the fireman" Kershaw, took part in a time trial today to raise money for Children in NeedTony was driving a vintage Morgan 3-Wheeler  from Bridgnorth to Kidderminster racing against a steam train from the Severn Valley Railway to raise money for Children in Need. 

Representing steam, the Southern Railways “Battle of Britain” class Pacific  4-6-2 locomotive No.34053 “Sir Keith Park”  started off from Bridgnorth Station at 12 noon today, with Sky Sports presenter Vicky Gomersall on the footplate. It was pulling a rake of eight carriages non-stop to Kidderminster from Bridgnorth, which included a Children in Need coach carrying children from Edward’s Trust in Birmingham and Pudsey Bear, with specially invited customers and fee paying passengers travelling in all the other coaches

Meanwhile representing Road Transport, Coronation Street actor Tony Hirst started off from Bridgnorth Station Car Park at exactly the same time in the Morgan Three Wheeler. 

All profit from the sponsored event will go to the BBC Children in Need appeal. Each driver had to collect traditional railway tokens along the route which will involve the Morgan team jumping out at Highley and Arley stations and running over a bridge. The winner, who will receive a special trophy, will be the first person to hand their tokens to the station master under the station clock at Kidderminster.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I've ridden on that train! It was so much fun, but incredibly dirty, with small chunks of coal flying past from the smoke coming out ot the train's funnel!

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