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Train-mad two-year-old flies the flag for Bressingham Steam Museum

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A Rickinghall mother and her train-mad daughter are calling on people to support their favourite visitor attraction.

Bressingham Steam and Gardens was given the all-clear to reopen earlier this month – and Gillian Nunn and two-year-old Alicia did not need any encouragement to make their way to the Norfolk site. In the three weeks since, the pair have already clocked up 10 visits.

Ms Nunn, of The Street, said: “Alicia is obsessed with trains. She has had a season ticket with me since she was six weeks old and can’t get enough of it.

Alicia with mum Gillian and site manager Alastair Baker. Picture: Mark Bullimore
Alicia with mum Gillian and site manager Alastair Baker. Picture: Mark Bullimore

“She is learning how the trains and signals work and I am sure she will be a young volunteer there when she is older.”

Ms Nunn called on the local population to support the site, which was forced to close to all visitors for four months due to the escalating pandemic.

“Having lost half of its summer and now restricted to around 60 visitors an hour, it needs everyone’s help as it is such a positive place,” she said.

Little Alicia, who can never go to the museum without her favourite teddy bear, has steam in her blood, with her great-great-grandfather driving steam engines.

When not hanging out at Bressingham, the toddler can often be found at home, playing with her much-loved train set, which has enough track to snake around her living room and kitchen.

Ms Nunn hopes to put her large following on Twitter to good use by encouraging people to visit the site again and also contacting famous train enthusiasts Rod Stewart and Pete Waterman through social media to support the museum too.

Site manager Alastair Baker said it was great to see visitors slowly returning.

He said: “The fascination of steam, the movement of the wheel and cogs, the nice slow pace of life and our quirky passionate volunteers are what I think people find so special here.”

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