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Local heritage project brings Christmas carols to Looe Valley Line

The Moor to Sea heritage project helped spread some Christmas cheer by hosting a carol sing-along on the Looe Valley Line last night (Monday 19 December).

‘Carols on the branch line’ were led by volunteer singers on a return trip from Looe to Liskeard and included a free mince pie for passengers.

Moor to Sea works in collaboration with the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership to encourage people to see a different side of their valley by train.

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Carols organiser and one of the strand leaders on the Moor to Sea project, Caleb Barron, said:

“We are so fortunate to have this historic and beautiful branch line on our doorstep. It felt very fitting to get in the festive spirit together with a ride on the train.”

Great Western Railway Station Manager for Plymouth and East Cornwall, Lee Goodson, said:

“It was a fantastic festive occasion and a pleasure to welcome customers for our Christmas sing-along. The Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership has helped to deliver a host of worthwhile projects and it’s great that Moor to Sea is successfully encouraging more people to explore the Looe Valley.”

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Moor to Sea Project Manager Stephen Horscroft said:

“It was a great opportunity to soak up the Christmas atmosphere on one of the most beautiful branch lines in the UK, and whose existence over the past 150 years has shaped the economy of the area through its links with the industrial heritage that helped power the industrial revolution.”

The Moor to Sea project is a Heritage Lottery Funded initiative with match funding from a range of partners which include the Devon and Cornwall Rail Partnership and the Community Rail Development Fund (a joint initiative of the Department of Transport and the Community Rail Network), as well as the Cornwall Heritage Trust, the World Heritage Site team and Liskeard, Looe & Cornwall Councils.  

Its aim is to build partnerships and capacity among heritage and environmental organisations in the valley between Looe and Liskeard in South-East Cornwall.

Contact Information

John Carter

Media and Communications Manager

Great Western Railway

0845 410 4444

07715 040424

Notes to editors

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