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TV presenter Noel steams in on Kidderminster Severn Valley Railway footplate

By Black Country Bugle  |  Posted: March 02, 2014

TV presenter Noel Edmonds with his friend Geoff Dunford, driver John Hammond (holding the sign) and fireman Richard Gardner.

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THE Severn Valley Railway welcomed a special visitor last Friday as TV presenter Noel Edmonds enjoyed a unique railway experience.

The Deal or No Deal presenter and friend Geoff Dunford enjoyed one of the railway's popular Footplate Experiences, which saw them drive and fire steam locomotive No. 7812 Erlestoke Manor for 44 miles.

During the day, the experience saw the pair steam through Bewdley and provided opportunities for them to view the flooded river Severn from one of the best vantage points – on the footplate of a locomotive. The friends also enjoyed a sit down lunch at Kidderminster and a tour of Bridgnorth loco works.

Noel said: "We've had an absolutely brilliant day on the Severn Valley Railway today. The Footplate Experience really is a fantastic once-in-a-lifetime activity and the volunteers at the railway are incredibly helpful and knowledgeable."

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