Greater Anglia celebrates Norfolk with farmer’s market and £5 off
Norfolk’s train operator, Greater Anglia, is celebrating the county during the first Norfolk Day on Friday 27 July with a farmer’s market at Norwich station and a £5 off discount.
Norwich station’s concourse will welcome artisan producers to celebrate the county’s local produce and crafts.
There will be 12 stalls at the station from 11am until 5pm, including a Bittern and Wherry Lines stall promoting the county’s unique scenic branch lines, which have been described as ‘a destination in their own right’ by Paul Webster, Association of Community Rail Partnerships.
Adding to the atmosphere, former station supervisor, Colin Roe, now retired, will be back to entertain the crowds with some vintage tunes on his pipe organ.
In addition, the first 50 people who buy an off peak ticket to Lowestoft, Great Yarmouth and Sheringham at the station’s ticket office will receive a voucher for £5 off their next journey.
Greater Anglia’s Area Customer Service Manager, James Reeve, said, “Our scenic rural rail lines, with Norwich as the hub, are vital arteries for the county, connecting communities and running through areas of outstanding natural beauty. They are a great way to experience what this glorious county has to offer, which is why we wanted to be involved with the first Norfolk Day and really celebrate our part in the county’s past, present and future.”
The county’s two Community Rail Partnerships, the Bittern Line CRP and Wherry Lines CRP will be present on the day to let people know about the attractions and destinations accessible via the branch lines from Norwich.
The Partnerships, of which Greater Anglia is a member, have played an instrumental part over the last 20 years, in keeping Norfolk’s branch lines thriving.
They work to promote and develop train services, support economic growth and tourism, help provide better access to education and employment, help with local regeneration and facilitate improvements to stations, by working closely with the communities along the lines.