Journey back in time to celebrate 150 years since railway arrived in Cleethorpes
EVENTS celebrating 150 years since the arrival of Cleethorpes Railway are full steam ahead.
To celebrate the momentous landmark in the resort's history, a host of fascinating talks, theatrical performances and more will take place throughout the year.
And, there is still room in the packed timetable for anyone else who wants to join in the celebrations.
Manager of Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre Sue Marshall promises an exciting season for residents and tourists alike.
She said: "It is very exciting and will make the whole season a very special one. The resort will be packed with something happening all the time.
"The arrival of the railway is a hugely important part of our history. The resort has transformed into such a lovely, beautiful place and is something for us all to be proud of."
The railway was built by Manchester, Sheffield and Lincolnshire Railway Company (MSL) in 1863.
To encourage more visitors to come to the resort, MSL chairman Sir Edward Watkin had the company invest the equivalent of £10 million into building the two promenades – saving the resort from sinking into the sea – and the Pier Gardens.
Dr Alan Dowling will lead two fascinating talks on how the arrival changed the resort not only physically, but socially, too.
He said: "So many people came flocking to the resort, a lot of them working-class having a day out away from the factories. It changed the character of the resort."
To find out more about the events taking place, visit Cleethorpes Tourist Information Centre at Cleethorpes Library.