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Acoustic duo The Hairy Mikers perform aboard the Music Train from Sleaford

By Sleaford Target  |  Posted: December 05, 2012

  • PERFORMERS: The Hairy Mikers performing on-board the Music Train from Sleaford to Wainfleet last week.

  • BIRTHDAY CELEBRATIONS: David Brown, from Peterborough celebrating his 60th on the Music Train with friend Steve Jackson and others who had joined from all over the country.

  • DRINKS ON BOARD: Anita Ruffle from Lincolnshire County Council serving up drinks to David Pearson and Christopher Price.

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THERE was fun and frolics aboard the Music Train from Sleaford last week with performances from acoustic duo 'The Hairy Mikers'.

The Music Train was set up in 2004 as an initiative by Lincolnshire County Council in partnership with East Midlands Trains to help raise awareness of the rural line from Nottingham to Skegness.

Passengers are invited to climb aboard the train on the last Thursday of the month and let voluntary guest performers entertain them as the train travels to Wainfleet where Batemans Brewary awaits.

Anita Ruffle, transport manager for Lincolnshire County Council said: "Everyone loves the music train it's great fun. We sell drinks on board and there's a great atmosphere.

"We visit the brewery where the performers will continue to entertain and then we get everyone on the last train back so they don't get the chance to drink more than they can handle.

"It's good for the line as it keeps the passenger numbers up. Rural lines like this would really struggle without us."

Over the years the train has been host to a variety of different performers including rock bands, blues bands, the Sleaford Concert Band who perform for the Christmas train every year and more.

Newcomers to the Music Train - The Hairy Mikers are a local acoustic duo who admitted they'd never performed to a train full of people before.

Kieran Jordan who goes by the stage name of 'hand drawn by crayons' said: "We've not been together long and have mostly performed at gigs around Boston and at a few house parties but the train was different and good fun."

Last week the passengers included a group of pals celebrating a 60th birthday who had individually travelled from all over the country to join in the evenings entertainment.

Birthday boy David Brown, from Peterborough, said: "We've all had plenty of ale and a good time."

The Christmas Carol event will take place on Thursday, December 20 departing from Sleaford at 6.55pm and arriving back to the station at 10pm.

For further details visit www.poacherline.org.uk

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