Guide Awards 2013 Best Exhibition: Hayling Billy: 50 Years On

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The Hayling Billy steam train may have stopped running half a century ago, but that hasn’t put the brakes on public interest in the romantic railway route.

More than 1,000 people visited the Hayling Billy 50 exhibition at Havant’s Spring Arts and Heritage Centre in November.

Kate Saunders, centre, and Josephine Payter accept the award from Portsmouth City Council's Seafront and Events Manager David Evans.

Kate Saunders, centre, and Josephine Payter accept the award from Portsmouth City Council's Seafront and Events Manager David Evans.

The Spring’s education and heritage officer Kate Saunders said winning the Guide Award for Best Exhibition was ‘overwhelming’.

‘It was an excellent exhibition,’ she said.

Ms Saunders said the team at The Spring worked with Hampshire Museum Services on the exhibition.

The exhibition was part of The Hayling Billy 50 project, led by Peter Drury, a wildlife photographer from Widley.

The interest in the Hayling Billy sparked by the exhibition contributed to a victory for the preservation of the track.

As reported in The News in December, the Heritage Lottery Fund pledged £90,000 to transform the Hayling Billy Trail with information points, the restoration of the remnants of the railway and sprucing up the route.

And it’s onwards and upwards for the team at The Spring, who are planning an Roman-themed exhibiton in the summer.

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