Wisbech men’s club enjoy a talk on steam trains

Business snd Professional Working Men's Club in Wisbech enjoy a talk on Steam Locomotives PHOTO:

Business snd Professional Working Men's Club in Wisbech enjoy a talk on Steam Locomotives PHOTO: - Credit: Archant

A talk on steam trains was enjoyed by members of a Wisbech club.

The Business and Professional Working Men’s Club heard Brian Hall talk about his work with the B17 Steam Locomotive Trust.

The mission of the trust is to build an LNER Class 17 express locomotive to operate on the national heritage network and at railway heritage centres.

He gave a detailed presentation on the process of making this locomotive with the build cost of around two million pounds.

He was thanked on behalf of the club by Michael Bates.

Around 38 members and guests attended the talk during a meeting held at Mendies Wisbech.

It was announced that the Chairman At Home will be held on May 21 with a two course carvery lunch at the West End Restaurant, Wisbech, with entertainment from Lula May, a 40’s and 50’s singer.

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A go karting Day is arranged for July 9. Also a visit is to be arranged to The Meadowgate School Wisbech by club members.

The date of the next meeting is Wednesday April 12 when the guest speaker will be Tayeyna Fletcher, the township heritage officer for the HFL High Street Update.

The club is a body of business and professional gentlemen meeting to create fellowship and promote business in and around Wisbech.

The club generally meets at the Mendis Restaurant, Old Market, on the second Wednesday of every month. Occasional meeting are held at other venues.

Meetings start at 7.30 pm for an 8pm meal. In addition to the meal the meetings also feature a guest speaker or presentation.

Recent celebrity and local speakers have included Mick Miller, Gordon Sherry. Simon Weston, Peter Carter (eel catcher and willow merchant), Alex Stepney and Alister Hopkins (town beadle).

The club, which was formed in 1974, also organises a number of external club outings as well as a successful golf day and annual ball.