Hythe Pier Heritage Association’s Heritage Day on Saturday 16th September
FREE train rides, a heritage bus, model railway demos and a children’s treasure trail are some of the activities lined up for the Hythe Pier Heritage Association’s Heritage Day on Saturday from 10.30am.
Designed to advance awareness of the history of Hythe’s Victorian pier and its quirky, century old railway, the event will also include music from New Forest Brass, a ukulele band and appearances from magician Roger Lapin and cartoonist Simon Chadwick.
Video displays of the history of Hythe’s ferry boats, the pier and the train will be shown on a loop and static history boards will be displayed on the railings along the pier. A children’s trail with prizes will run throughout the day from 10.30am.
Volunteers who undertake renovation work on the train carriages and locomotives will be on hand to talk to visitors and there will be two Hythe History Walks taking place. Train rides will be free, courtesy of Blue Funnel Ferries.
HPHA spokesperson Alan Titheridge said: “Other attractions will include the original ship’s wheel and bell from former ferry boat Hotspur III, a heritage bus, an army vehicle, model railways and cartoon cut out boards offering the opportunity to be a part of those old saucy seaside images.
“Stalls will include a tombola, a key box game, books and HPHA merchandising.”