Heritage railway's summer craft fair cancelled

A proposal has also been lodged to regenerate the Wymondham to Dereham line. The Mid Norfolk Railway

The Mid-Norfolk Railway station in Dereham - Credit: Archant

A Norfolk heritage railway has cancelled its summer craft fair, which had been due to take place on Saturday, owing to continued coronavirus restrictions. 

In a message on their website, the Dereham-based Mid-Norfolk Railway wrote: “Unfortunately due to the ongoing Coronavirus restrictions, we felt that we are unable to hold the Craft Fair, planned to take place on 17th July, with a variety of restrictions to make it a successful event. 

“The stall holders have been contacted directly about this news. We are now investigating a future date to hold this event.”

The railway reopened to passengers for the first time since the pandemic began on July 3, and its return is otherwise proving a success. 

An MNR spokesman said that the railway’s popular cream tea coaches had been fully booked on Saturday, July 10. 

“We are seeing people booking for trains from all over the UK and so as the restrictions ease we are facing the future with confidence,” said the spokesman.