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All Aboard For Family Fun

Story: Aleasha Bliss | Photo: Paul Neil
Published On : Jan 20, 2021
All Aboard For Family Fun
Thomas the Tank Engine fans are in for a treat at the Bracken Ridge Lions Train Day.

In a train fan’s dream come true a mix of steam and battery-operated miniature trains are running through McPherson Park and at only $2 per ride or $12 for 10 rides, it will also keep the hip pocket happy.

Bracken Ridge Central Lions Club president Louise Gordon said the club love running this family friendly event on the fourth Sunday of each month and seeing families have a great day out.

“In the past we have had some really big crowds,” Louise said. “We have a sausage sizzle, coffee van, live entertainment, and market stalls run by charities or local stallholders.

“People can also hold a birthday party through us – the birthday person gets a free ride pass and we set up a marquee for them.”

All the money raised at the event goes back into the local community, mainly supporting local groups or fire relief.

The entertainment for the morning will be performed by the South East Queensland Big Band, and is set to impress with its five saxophones, four trumpets, four trombones, and a rhythm section.

South East Queensland Symphonic Winds president Adam Pittard will be performing in the  big band, which is led by Rohan Keylock and consists of 20 musicians.

“We are excited at the prospect of playing publicly again,” Adam said. “We normally have about 12 to 15 performances in a year and last year only had three, due to COVID.

“We have played at the train day a number of times in the past, so it will be nice to get back there and support the Lions Club and local community – being a not-for-profit ourselves, our aim is to help small local events and clubs.

“At the train days we usually have really big audiences – they are a really captive audience, because where the band is set up is where people are lined up to get on the train.”

Bracken Ridge Lions Train Day
Sunday 28 February, 9:00am-2:00pm
McPherson Park
Denham Street, Bracken Ridge
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