Friday 30 June 2023

Painting the station orange!


Rail and Fringe fans, Helen, Catherine, Pam and Ian, at Manchester Piccadilly

“I knew there was an Edinburgh Fringe - I didn’t know there was a Buxton one…” It was so great to tell people about Buxton Fringe at Manchester Piccadilly Station on Wednesday June 28th. We had all sorts of people coming up to find out more about our fantastic open-access festival which runs alongside the Buxton International Festival every July. 

Working alongside High Peak and Hope Valley Community Rail Partnership, we were also letting people know how easy it is to get to Buxton via the regular train service - check National Rail Journey Planner for details. It is a very scenic run and thanks to the Friends of Buxton Station group, the decorated station offers a very attractive first impression of the town.

Our colleagues at the Community Rail Partnership were only too happy to get into the Fringe spirit - a few of our orange paper flowers were quickly scooped up and used as hair decorations because who doesn’t like to dress up and there is something about the Fringe that makes everyone want to be a performer! Our bright orange stand was very appealing, though we say so ourselves. Among those who came over to see us was an interested Burger King staff member and a railway employee who had been nominated by his cyclist colleagues to ask if they could have a couple of our orange balloons! A delighted small child took another balloon to play with around the station!  

Having been a bit chained to the computer of late, it was great to be out and about with fellow Fringe enthusiasts and to remind myself of all the fun coming our way from next week onwards. As one passenger said to us waving his Fringe programme: “Walking in the Peak District and the Fringe in Buxton - that’s my holiday sorted!”

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