On Sunday 20th November from 2pm The Forum Shopping Centre in Sittingbourne will play host to hundreds of people when the Southeastern Javelin High Speed train stops at Sittingbourne Station to celebrate the use of Ambulance Trains in the First World War.
From 11am until 4pm local communities from Queenborough to Sheerness are invited to ride the high speed train for free through various locations across Swale whilst stopping at many train stations to enjoy short re-enactments and presentations.
The Forum is now offering local residents and families the opportunity to join the centre’s Historical Research Group of Sittingbourne from 2:15pm for a short presentation on the train’s history. Held on the shopping centre’s mall, the presentation will be take visitors back in time to over 100 years ago when Ambulance Trains were first put to work.
The Forum will provide a large screen display and food and drink outlets will be open for visitors to enjoy and learn about the Southeastern Javelin High Speed trains’ rich and unique history.
Monica Rana, Centre Manager of The Forum Shopping Centre, commented:
“The very special event organised by Kent Community Rail Partnership is a fantastic way to honour the important role played by those who ensured the Ambulance Trains were run so effectively over 100 years ago during the First World War.
“The day is set to be a rare and memorable occasion and I would urge that residents take full advantage of this free opportunity to ride the iconic train. For those who are unable to attend the all day event, we are welcoming everyone to The Forum in the afternoon to enjoy a short but fascinating presentation in the centre of our mall.”
For full information on the day please visit www.ambulance-train.eventbrite.co.uk
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