Celebrations in the Mayor’s Parlour to mark 25 years since the electrification of King’s Lynn rail line.

Campaigners who succeeded  in securing the electrification of King’s Lynn’s rail line 25 years ago, gathered to celebrate the milestone anniversary.

West Norfolk Mayor Carol Bower recognised the successful efforts of those involved back in 1992 by hosting a special celebration at the Mayor’s Parlour at King’s Lynn Town Hall on Wednesday.

Mrs Bower said: “It was a credit to all those involved that the King’s Lynn line was upgraded.

“I read a lot about how you had to push and how much money was put towards it. I am in awe actually.

“At the time, one of the main arguments in its favour was the advantages it would give to West Norfolk and its business growth.

“I am glad this has been the result. I would like to thank all involved to ensure that this came to pass. I am sure we can look forward to more improvements to the line.”

Documentation of the day, including an order of the official ceremony held to mark the occasion, was on display.

Stations along the line were modernised with longer platforms and new lighting as part of the upgrade at the time.

North West Norfolk MP Sir Henry Bellingham  sent a message of congratulations and  repeated his pledge to continue to push for half hourly services from Lynn to London.

He said: “Now is not the time to rest on our laurels because what we currently need is progress with the Ely North Junction. The good news is that the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling has recently made it clear that he very definitely wants to see Ely North Junction included in the control period six as a major national infrastructure project.

“We must now all work together to make sure this commitment is honoured.”

Guests enjoyed a celebratory cake and spoke about the electrification campaign.

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