More festivals after successful Mallard visit?

Mallard at Grantham station. 439D
Mallard at Grantham station. 439D
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The man behind the successful ‘Mallard: Story of Speed’ festival would like to see more steam and engineering events put on in the future.

Henry Cleary, chairman of the Mallard Grantham Partnership, spoke enthusiastically about the possibility of future events following rumours of a biannual steam/engineering festival to run between the biannual Gravity Fields Festival.

When asked whether he would like to be involved in a future event Mr Cleary said: “Of course. But the first thing we need will be an understanding with National Rail about what is possible - it may be possible to keep some of the track.”

He added: “We do want to investigate all the options. The land belongs to Network Rail so any future lease of the land has to be agreed with them but it will be well worth starting discussions, I think, on how we can keep the site looking good and possibly hold future events and I would be happy to help with those discussions.”

The event could possibly see other steam engines brought to Grantham and displayed.

Coun Frances Cartwright, SKDC’s political head of economic growth, said: “We were extremely pleased with the story of speed and the 15,000 visitors it attracted.

“We’re always willing to explore opportunities to celebrate Grantham’s and the district’s railway and engineering heritage. In time we’ll review if there are possibilities for further events of this kind.”