Published on: Thursday, 20 June 2019
Last updated: Thursday, 20 June 2019
The new Parcels Office Public Exhibition Space at Lowestoft Railway Station was unveiled in a special preview at the weekend attracting several hundred people.
Part of the ongoing Lowestoft Central Project, the new facility is the latest development in a number of initiatives which has so far seen heritage style lighting and colour schemes introduced and entrances closed for several decades refurbished and reopened, with cosmetic and stabilisation works carried out on the redundant station buffet. The former Parcels Office formed a major part of the project and has undergone a full restoration allowing a multi-use community facility to be created.
The first exhibition, Departures, by Norwich based photographer David Pearce features changing scenes of railways in Norfolk and East Suffolk over the past fifty years and, following the preview, will now run through until mid-July ahead of the projects formal opening.
Speaking of the new facility David said, “It was a great honour to have my work selected for the opening of the new space, both the exhibition and new facility received many positive comments during the preview and I am delighted that the exhibition will now run into July”.
Community Rail Development Officer Martin Halliday added, “We were quite nervous before the opening as although we are very pleased to have reached the end of our first major restoration project, we were unsure how the public would react. We shouldn’t have worried as the response was extremely positive with many more visitors than we originally envisaged, who’ve given us superb feedback regarding the exhibition and the restoration, as well as our other recent initiatives at Lowestoft Station.”
The DEPARTURES exhibition to which admission is free, will be open again this coming weekend, Friday 21, Saturday 22 and Sunday 23 June between 11 and 4. The exhibition will also be available to view on Wednesday 26 and Friday 28 June (11-4) with more dates to be announced in due course.