Hair dos and tea dances at Hayling Billy fun day

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STEP back in time for a dose of nostalgia at a day celebrating an old steam railway line.

There will be story-telling, poetry, re-enactment and even tea dancing at The Spring, East Street, Havant, on Saturday to mark 100 years since the opening of the Hayling Billy line.

The free family fun day begins at 10.30am, exploring the railway line’s past and each of the periods it would have been witness to – from The Victorians to War Time, to the Swinging Sixties.

It is 50 years since the line that took holiday makers to Hayling seafront closed but there is still much love for it. The activities include a chance to meet a ticket inspector who will be issuing children with replica Hayling Billy tickets, clipped by the original ticket punch.

A model railway will be whizzing around, poetry will be created to capture the day in verse, crafts and story telling, a film about the line by Alan Wallbank.

Forest Forge Theatre Company will be running a reminiscence event with a War Time feel which includes live music, guided dances and, of course, tea and cake.

Peter Keat will give a talk on the line’s history and there will also be a 1940s hair salon run by Bianca Davitt.

There will also be a talk focusing on the wildlife along the Billy line.

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