Memory Lane: Railwaymen reunion marked 50 years since the Mallard run

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The 50th anniversary of the Mallard’s record-breaking run was being celebrated in 1988 with special activities centred around York.

But locally it was down to Grantham’s Mayor Fred Burrows to get in touch with his colleagues to arrange a unique reunion.

Coun Burrows, who drove Mallard himself, arranged for a number of men with connections to the famous locomotive to come together for this photograph printed in the Journal on July 8, 1988.

The oldest of the seven men was 92-year-old Sid Rosling, who spent 45 years on the railways.

Between them the men had 290 years’ service between them.

Pictured are: (front row from left) Sid Rosling and Fred Burrows; (back, from left) Maurice Hibbins, Peter Shelbourne, John Baines, Stan Jarvis and Cyril Ballaam.