A railway-themed specialty market heads to Stockton town center this weekend as part of the celebrations marking the 196 anniversary of the Stockton and Darlington Railway.
The open market on Saturday, September 25 will host an array of enthusiasts, exhibitors and traders selling and displaying railroad-related displays, gifts and memorabilia.
The event, which takes place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., is part of the countdown to the 2025 bicentenary, which will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the first trip on the famous railway. It is organized by the Friends of Stockton & Darlington Railway in partnership with Stockton Council and will take place on Stockton High Street.
At the market, there will be free railroad themed activity packs for kids to take home and enjoy at home, taking them on a guided tour of the history of the dawn of the rail era. travelers.
Visitors to the city center will also be able to hear atmospheric sounds and stories from the railroad as they pass through Wellington Square, transporting them back in time. The original music, which was composed by Apollo Arts and their Young Music Leaders program, will be complemented by valuable train travel stories recorded by children from across the Borough of Stockton.
Councilor Jim Beall, member of the Council for Health, Recreation and Culture, said: âThe modern railway began in this borough in 1825 and its impact since has been revolutionary in changing history, l industry and the way people move.
âThis market celebrates the 196th anniversary of the railroad and at Saturday’s event there will be something for railroad enthusiasts and the whole family.
“So come to the market and join us as we prepare and steam ahead towards the 2025 bicentennial countdown.”
The list of traders / exhibitors includes the Friends of Stockton & Darlington Railway, Stockton and Darlington Railway Youth Team, Teesside Small Gauge Railway, North Eastern Locomotion Preservation Group, Railway Correspondence and Travel Society, Weardale Railway, Bowes Railway, Tanfield Railway, Durham Locomotive Preservation Group, George Morton Transport Books, Norton Heritage Group, and The Fitzhugh Library.