The society’s second open meeting after the summer break took place at the Community Centre at West Garth, Driffield on Thursday 12th November.

Host for the evening was Vice Chairman Phil Robson who updated ordinary members and visitors on current progress with the society’s plans.

Unfortunately, though they say that lightening never strikes twice, in this case it did when the scheduled guest speaker for the evening was waylaid at the last minute by the dreaded swine flu.

However, with only a few hours notice committee member Matthew Brown found himself in the driving seat as the guest speaker for the evening but what a superb job he did. A rapport with the audience was quickly established with prompts for the requisite ‘oohs’ and ‘aahhs’ at the appropriate points in the proceedings.

This was further enhanced when minor technical glitches with the computer projection equipment once again saw Matthew employing his warm-up skills in keeping the audience on their toes until the presentation resumed.

The presentation was a highly enjoyable one revealing yet more gems about the life and times of the Malton & Driffield Junction Railway.

Adding to the evening was the presence of the large professionally printed society banner that adorned the society’s stand at the Driffield Show in July. Also making an appearance once again was the specially produced ‘Malton Dodger’ headboard, kindly donated by committee member Chris Simpson earlier in the year and manufactured by ProCast, manufacturer of similar headboards for use on heritage sector and mainline train services.

Afterwards a raffle was held and various prizes given out to the lucky winners. Tea and coffee was also available and members and visitors had the opportunity to mingle, get to know one another and exchange news and information about heritage railway affairs.

The society was fortunate to have amongst the audience two gentlemen who volunteer their services to the Wensleydale Railway between Northallerton and Redmire. Information was gleaned about the mechanics of share issues and spending priorities on a heritage railway, among other things, which hopefully will go towards guiding the YWRRP in it’s plans.

All in all, it proved to be yet another highly enjoyable evening and hopefully another small step for the society in achieving its eventual goal.

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