Geldards To Help Celebrate Derby's Rail Industry

20th October 2014

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Geldards is set to support a special commemorative service at Derby Cathedral to celebrate 175 years of railways in Derby

Held at 11am on Saturday 25 October at Derby Cathedral, the service will be led by the Dean of Derby, The Very Reverend Dr John Davies DL and has been organised with the support of the Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum, the Railway Mission and Geldards

The Derby 175 celebrations have also been supported by Derby City Council and the Derby Telegraph. The ceremony will be open to the public and will be addressed by the Rt Hon Patrick McLoughlin MP, Secretary of State for Transport.

The service is the culmination of a year of celebrations of 175 years of railways in Derby, including a special train departure from Derby on the date the first train left in 1839, the Big Bang Fair East Midlands, a Silk Mill Museum event and East Midlands Trains’ Open Day at the Etches Park depot.

Chairman of the Derby & Derbyshire Rail Forum, Colin S Walton, said: “I am delighted that the Dean agreed to hold this special service to mark the end of the Derby 175 celebrations and that the Secretary of State, Patrick McLoughlin will make an address at the service.

"It has been a tremendous year and celebrations and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the events and our efforts throughout the year. Our heritage in rail is wonderful and the future for our industry is bright as we continue with the world renowned excellence in all aspects of rail.”

“It has been a tremendous year and celebrations and I would like to thank everyone who has supported the events and our efforts throughout the year. Our heritage in rail is wonderful and the future for our industry is bright as we continue with the world renowned excellence in all aspects of rail.”

Michelle Craven-Faulkner, a Commercial Partner at Geldards and Vice Chair of the DDRF explained: “Geldards’ association with the rail sector, both locally and nationally, goes back to the 1990s and we’re delighted to help celebrate what remains such a vibrant industry for Derby.

“Derby’s rail sector not only continues to support the local economy, but also the UK as a whole, so it’s important that the city celebrates its 175-year association with rail, particularly at a time when there is such an exciting future ahead of us.”

A number of high profile figures from Government, local authorities, the rail sector and local industry will attend the service, which will feature a miniature train and the Cathedral choir.  

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