Lizs, Lizzies and Elizas, your time has come. To celebrate the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, a vintage train line is offering anyone called Elizabeth a free ride. Whether you’re a royalist or not, who can complain about getting a totally gratis trip on a snazzy heritage train?
The line offering the complimentary rides is East Lancashire Railway, a 12-mile vintage rail route that runs between Heywood in Greater Manchester and Rawtenstall, Lancashire. The East Lancs route, which is pulled by a proper steam locomotive, has seven stations, each one teeming with stuff to see and do.
The offer is running between May 27 and June 2 – in other words, the week before the Queen’s official bash (and the all-important four-day bank holiday weekend). From June 3 to 5, the ELR will be hosting a huge number of royal-themed events to celebrate. As well as encouraging guests to dress in the fashion of the 1940s and ‘50s, there will also be fly-bys from classic airplanes like Spitfires and Hurricanes, as well as themed food, shopping and music.
So, if yer full name’s Elizabeth, head over to the East Lancs Railway and make the most of your good fortune! Find out more and book tickets here.