Your memories of the famous Hayling Billy Line are wanted

FULL STEAM AHEAD The Hayling Billy line in 1962
FULL STEAM AHEAD The Hayling Billy line in 1962

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Here at The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre we are organising an open day to commemorate the 50th year of the closure of the Hayling Billy Line.

It was run by the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway and later Southern Railway and went from Havant to Hayling beach from 1867 until 1963.

In the summer months it would be full of visitors looking forward to holidays and days out at the seaside.

But over the winter of 1962 it was decided to close the branch because the timber swing bridge which crossed Langstone Harbour needed to be replaced.

Although the line was operating at a small profit and there were protests against the closure, British Rail decided it was too expensive to continue and it closed on November 2, 1963.

A film is being made to celebrate the local community’s memories and stories they have of the old railway line.

We are asking members of the public to share their stories and we will be creating a memory log booklet.

People will also be interviewed for the film.

We would like to hear from anyone who used the line, perhaps going on holiday as a child.

Maybe you lived on Hayling and the Hayling Billy was your mode of transport?

We would also like to hear from anyone who worked on the line.

The open day is at The Spring on November 2. Pop along to share your memories or pick up a form from The Spring Arts and Heritage Centre, in East Street, Havant.

Alternatively, go to thespring.co.uk or call me on (023) 9224 6094.