Monday, May 27, 2019
NEW HOURLY TRAIN SERVICE: CAN WE MAKE A CASE FOR BRIGG AND KIRTON LINDSEY TO BE ADDED?
Brigg Blog was very pleased to see that neighbouring Gainsborough has been given a new hourly train service linking in with Sheffield on weekdays.
But we are very sorry that these trains are not travelling as far as Brigg and Kirton Lindsey - the next stops along the iconic Brigg Line.
Our station continues to receive the very spare Saturdays-only service that has operated for the past 25 years - without any sign of improvement.
The local passenger service from Doncaster to outlying villages and towns in South Yorkshire continues through the Isle of Axholme at Crowle and Keadby & Althorpe before terminating at Scunthorpe.
We were hoping that something similar might happen with the new trains from Gainsborough, with Kirton and Brigg being added and also (perhaps) Barnetby. But this has not proved to be the case.
Could North Lincolnshire Council make an official request, on behalf of local users of public transport?
BBC Look North gave welcome coverage to the opening of the new train service in Gainsborough.
However, it did not 'look north' in geographical terms and make reference to Kirton and Brigg not being included on the route.
Perhaps programme host Peter Levy and his political editor colleague Tim Iredale could revisit this topic and put forward the case for these towns in North Lincolnshire to be included.
Read more about the new hourly service here...
People journey to Gainsborough to visit the impressive Marshall’s Yard shopping centre.
Market Rasen Racecourse, which many people from the Brigg area visit, tells us that this year’s Style Awards on Ladies’ Day - the most fashionable meeting of the year at the Lincolnshire course - will be held in partnership with Marshall’s Yard.
The big day on Saturday, July 20, which is held in association with Lincs FM, features the foremost horse race of the year, the Betway Summer Plate broadcast live on ITV, and always attracts one of the largest audiences of the year.
Racegoers will be encouraged to dress to impress and enter the Marshall’s Yard Style Awards for a chance to win £5,000 in prizes and watch fabulous fashion shows throughout the afternoon on the Brocklesby Lawn within the Tattersalls Enclosure.
Marshall’s Yard will also be offering Ladies’ Day ticket holders special offers and discounts.
Alison Shipperbottom, Centre Manager of Marshall’s Yard, said: “The stores at Marshall’s Yard are really thrilled to be involved in this year’s Summer Plate Ladies’ Day. Not only have we the chance to share all of the fantastic outfits from our high street brands, and also the many designer brands our lovely boutique independent stores stock, on the catwalk, but we’re also really excited to see what people wear on the day to win this year’s Style Awards.
“Collectively we have arranged for some fantastic prizes to give away so we hope the standards are even higher this year. Visitors should be sure to watch our models show off outfits from Whistles, Hobbs, Phase Eight, Ted Baker, Laura Ashley, Next and more – and all are available seven days a week from our centre in Gainsborough.”
Nadia Powell, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said: “Betway Summer Plate Ladies’ Day, in association with Lincs FM, is one of the most popular social and sporting occasions of the year in Lincolnshire and always draws in big crowds. This year’s Style Awards will be bigger and better than ever and we are delighted to be working with Marshall’s Yard to put on a great show for our visitors.”
After the racing, spectators will be entertained at the Party in the Paddock with a live DJ set by Artful Dodger.
Spectators can choose between the VIP, County, VIP Picnic Lawn, Tattersalls and Lawn Enclosures.
To make the day out extra special, there are two advance offers: a Fizz for 4 package at just £24.75 per person, which includes a bottle of Prosecco to share, four raceday programmes and Tattersalls tickets; and a VIP Picnic Lawn package at only £75 a person, which includes County Enclosure admission, a personal picnic, a raceday programme and reserved seating.
Further details are at www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/marketrasen where tickets can be bought in advance from £11.70. Accompanied under-18s are admitted free of charge.