Lady Augusta to take to the tracks

Paul Smith aboard Lady Augusta at Heatherslaw light railway

Paul Smith aboard Lady Augusta at Heatherslaw light railway

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The first of Heatherslaw Light Railway’s ‘Last Chance to see Lady Augusta’ weekends takes place over June 7-8.

Lady Augusta will be running the full service over the whole weekend and will also be on show at the railway’s 25th birthday party on July 1.

Also on June 8, visit Etal Village Hall for a Home Brew & Local Food Fair by the Brew Barn ( Free entry to this event which offers wine and beer sampling and a complete range of kits and equipment as well as an array of local produce and some crafts to buy too.

There are two new exhibitions in the old Bakery buildings at Heatherslaw - the first, by local archaeological group TillVAS, could be called ‘Skirmish & War’ as it focusses on border warfare and in particular the stories of local men who served in WWI. It’s open every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday plus Bank Holiday Sundays and Mondays until late September.

The second, which is open daily until July 31, is a wildlife, landscape and military photography exhibition by two well-known local photographers, Jim Gibson and Ron McCombe. Admission to both exhibitions is free.

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