Conwy Castle

As we mentioned in our post on Saturday, this weekend we popped up to Llandudno for the annual Community Rail Awards, organised by our good friends at ACoRP.

We did arrive a little bit early, so we took the chance to enjoy the sights and tastes of Llandudno.

Llandudno Great Horme

Very beautiful, if hard to climb!

Mind you, First Great Western went all out and put a special train on for their travellers!

And some others had an interesting experience.

Anyway, to the night itself. It got started in true railway fashion.

After a welcome tipple, we went into the main hall at Venue Cymru for the main event, enjoying the sounds of a very well-received male voice choir.

Male Voice Choir

And the grub was very well received by all.

Community Rail Awards 2013

Tucking in!

Community Rail Awards 2013 Hall

Then we got on with the main event, with Neil Buxton being the MC for most of the evening.

Neil Buxton

As you already know, we came 2nd in our category, which we are dead chuffed about. But that only scratches the surface of what was a great night. All of the winners are now on the ACoRP website, and a special mention needs to go to our pals at Off the Rails LB, who came 2nd in the photo competition! The results drew a bit of reaction online.

 

 

All in all, it was a brilliant night, and as always a brilliant time was had by all who attended. Some of the real enthusiasts got up early the next day for a special train service to Ffestiniog.

But some of us were more leisurely, taking an ambling cycle ride up the lovely Conwy Valley to Betws-y-Coed.

Conwy Castle

The castle

Conwy Valley

Not bad scenery…

Betws-y-Coed Station

The lovely Betws-y-Coed Station

But all good things come to end, and soon it was homeward bound for the Marston Vale.

Conwy Valley Line

We didn’t take this one all the way home

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