King George V centenary celebrations come to Swanwick

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A SPECIAL event to commemorate the centenary of the coronation of King George V will take place at Swanwick Junction this weekend.

The Midland Railway at Butterley - the home of the Midland Railway’s only Royal Saloon, built for King George V - will be the focal point of a very special display based in the exhibition hall, which will be decorated for the occasion.

The event, which takes place on Saturday and Sunday, will feature a rare opportunity to inspect the interior of the Midland Railway Royal Saloon built in 1912 and to see the on-going detailed restoration work.

Volunteer members of the Midland Railway Trust will be dressed in period costume to answer questions about the carriage and to explain the painstaking restoration work.

The event will also feature a special exhibition about the coronation itself and the life and times of King George V.

Event organiser Anne Deeth said: “A lot of fascinating research has gone into this event and I am very pleased with the results.

“Visitors will be able to see displays about the coronation and be able to compare royal events 100 years ago with much more recent events.

“We also hope to bring the displays alive as well as explaining some of the work going on to restore the rich decoration of this coach.”

The coronation took place on 22nd June 1911 in Westminster Abbey and was celebrated by the Festival of Empire in London.

Further information is available by emailing midland.railway@btconnect.com or visit www.midlandrailwaycentre.co.uk.