Terry, second from right, from the BAG sent me this edited highlights:-
There were five of us at Cheltenham Race Course this morning doing a bucket collection from punters crossing our railway.
Bob Jones and I were on the public footpath quite a way down the line, where people are parking their cars in a farmers field then have to cross our line. We had great fun with the punters and managed to collect a fair amount of money, well in excess of £100 we believe. We also assisted in stopping people crossing when the two trains brought passengers into racecourse station and then returned to Toddington.
It was a very cold day, so I am glad we took Alan Bielby's advice and wrapped up well.
At the end of our collecting session all the money was poured into one bucket, which was half filled, and I am sure that Alan will give you some idea of our total. I managed to get a photo of the five collectors, and attach a copy. I did intend to take a few photo's of the trains pulling in, but unfortunately Bob and I were at the bottom of the embankment doing crowd control and my camera was at the top!
Bob and I then went onto the platform, when an announcement came over the tanoy for us to join the staff in the booking office for a welcome hot cup of tea and a chat, we were very greatfull for the invite and thank them for their hospitality.
A a big thank you should go to Alan for organising the collection and for attending on all four days, and also all the others that are helping to raise much needed funds for us at Broadway.
Bob and I then returned to Toddington and I took a photo of the two loco's at rest, and had a quick chat with Peter from Building Services (Peters the one in the yellow high viz jacket in the photo) I helped them to move concrete covers over a drain they were dealing with and then made my way home.
Thanks to everyone for their efforts today, I will be back on duty on Saturday.