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09/06/2017

News release - Issued by North Yorkshire Moors Railway

North Yorkshire Moors Railway & York College groove together for 60s Fest

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway (NYMR) and York College are pleased to be working together on the railways 60s Fest event taking place on the 22nd and 23rd July. The NYMR, which is less known as an educational charitable trust, works with a variety of learning establishments. Due to the re-launch of a new, bigger and better 60s Fest event the railway has partnered up with York College to help inject some sixties groove.

York College’s Graphics and Fashion departments have worked closely with the railway to completely rebrand the event; with the Festival logo being designed by Extended Diploma Graphics student Louise Kruse. Fashion students have also produced 60s inspired clothing which will form part of the railway’s fashion exhibition at Pickering Station. Level 3 students in Art & Design have worked on the ‘Revolution:1960s’ project, with degree level Fashion students replicating specific iconic 60s garments from designers such as Mary Quant and Yves Saint Laurent. The students’ work will form part of their yearly assessment.

Chris Price, General Manager at North Yorkshire Moors Railway, said: One of the railways key objectives is to provide education for all ages and working with local colleges and universities helps us to do this. It is vital that we educate and encourage young people to get involved as they are crucial to the sustainability of the railway for future generations to enjoy”.

Sally Jackson, Graphic Design tutor at York College said: “The 60s Fest project for the NYMR gave students an opportunity to reflect on research from the era and to demonstrate their individual creativity. It’s been particularly pleasing to see the students working on a live project which will benefit the local community.”

Laura Strangeway, Head of Marketing, said: It is great to work with a local college, especially with the focus on marketing and events. Our 60s Fest just gets better every year and it’s always an event we look forward to.”

The 60s Fest will showcase everything sixties including music, fashion and of course locomotives. Pickering station will be rocking all weekend as it’s hosting a pop pirate radio show as well as performances by 'Beatles for Sale' tribute band and Motown band 'Shade of the 60s'. Passengers will be able to head back in time and visit Levisham station, which will be renamed ELVISham where passengers will be able to enjoy an Elvis impersonator performing the King’s greatest hits! Both Goathland and Grosmont stations will be decked out in individual sixties style, with a beer tent and live music from ‘Tex Leon & Friends’ and ‘Jive Express’ at Goathland and an “old and new" mini display at Grosmont.

North Yorkshire Moors Railway is one of the most historic lines in the North of England, taking visitors on picturesque journeys along an 18-mile railway line aboard steam and heritage diesel trains. The railway passes through stunning scenery, from wooded valleys to beautiful countryside, stopping at charming villages and spectacular seaside locations.

Fares for 60s Fest start from just £26.00 for adults, £22.10 for seniors and £13.00 for children. Or alternatively, families can take advantage of a family ticket for just £54.00, which grants access to two adults and two children.

For further information or to pre-book tickets online before your visit please go to www.nymr.co.uk/Event/60s-fest

For regular news, updates and competitions, North Yorkshire Moors Railway is also on Facebook and Twitter.

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For further information please contact Gough Bailey Wright on 01527 579 555

Louise Iles – PR Account Director: lou@gough.co.uk
Sara Gillespie – Junior Account Manager: sara.g@gough.co.uk
Sam Wright – Account Executive: sam@gough.co.uk

Notes for editors

The North Yorkshire Moors Railway is a not for profit charitable trust providing memorable experiences for visitors and fulfilment for volunteers and staff through the operation of Britain’s most popular heritage railway between Whitby and Pickering.
• The NYMR cares for operating and developing the railway we own from Pickering to Grosmont.
• Operating over Network Rail from Grosmont to Whitby.
• Provides a high quality, safe and authentic evocation of the steam age for the public.
• Educational Charitable Trust. Providing education for all ages.
• The NYMR is a fully accredited museum.

York College is ranked Yorkshire’s No 1 General Further Education College with first-class resources designed for post-16 students. This, combined with an Outstanding Ofsted grade (December 2013) and the highest standards for individual student achievement, provides a first-class environment for teaching and learning.
As the largest educational provider for 16 - 19 year olds in the region, offering around 40 A Level subjects (in almost any combination), currently York College is rated in the top three colleges in the country (based on A Level points per entry).