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Football Special Railway Event

18 June 2013

Town and Lenny help Cambrian Heritage Railways event

Shrewsbury Town recently joined up with several other clubs in the area including AFC Telford United, Ellesmere Rangers, The New Saints and Wrexham at a “Football Special” held at Oswestry Station, organised by the Cambrian Heritage Railways, on Sunday, June 9. 
Lenny the Lion, Town's larger than life mascot, was on hand to entertain guests with the event hailed as a big success.
"On behalf of Cambrian Heritage Railways and the Shropshire Reds, I would like to   thank Shrewsbury Town for their support at the event," said organiser David Owen.
"As this was a new event, we had no idea how many people to expect, but with 300 people through the doors we were pleased with the turnout. 
"We were, of course, delighted that, not only were we able to help Hope House raise some funds on the day but to welcome some of the youngsters as well. 
"The support of the local football clubs was crucial to the success of the day and it was good to see the camaraderie between the five clubs - and especially the mascots. 
"Please pass on our thanks to Lenny who did a wonderful job in entertaining the visitors in difficult conditions."      

Football, as we know it today, evolved as a direct result of the development of the railway system in the 19th century and the event aimed to recognise this link. 

The day formed a football programme and memorabilia fair plus a number of football and railway themes as well as train rides. 
The event raised funds for Hope House Children’s' Hospice who had a stall.  

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