Thursday 31st May saw our first Bucket & Spade Event Train on the Southend Branch Line. Families boarded the train at Billericay and Wickford for a fun filled trip to Southend Victoria.

The specially reserved coach had been colourfully decorated with bunting, balloons, seagulls, and clown fish. Every child received a bucket & Spade and an activity pack. The adults where given a goody bag. The children had fun guessing the name of the shark, Sammy was the winning name.
Karen Smith from Billericay was the winner of the raffle. Greater Anglia had donated a 1st Class Family Ticket for a day out any where on the Greater Anglia Network. All the money raised from the raffle went to Little Havens Childrens Hospice.

On arrival at Southend Victoria the families were free to enjoy the day exploring Southend on Sea and the treasures that the to offer whether it was a paddle in the Lagoon, fun at the splash fountains, thrilling rides at Adventure Island, a walk along the pier or enjoying its many parks. The families could then return on any train of their choosing.

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