Severn Valley Railway volunteers chuffed to win Queen's Award

Volunteers who work tirelessly to keep the Severn Valley Railway on track today had their "outstanding achievement" recognised by The Queen – on the day the nation marks 60 years since her Coronation.

Staff at the Severn Valley Railway today
Staff at the Severn Valley Railway today

A group of 1,300 volunteers, who carry out a wide range of tasks from rebuilding bridges to restoring locomotives, have been given The Queen's Award for Voluntary Service to coincide with the anniversary.

A commemorative piece of crystal and certificate signed by The Queen will be presented to the railway by the Lord Lieutenant of Worcestershire and will be displayed in pride of place.

Mr Howell, who was among the Preservation Group which re-launched the railway between Bridgnorth and Kidderminster in 1965 and whose main role is now volunteer driver, described the award as a "great honour".

He said: "It is wonderful that this award recognises the dedication of the many volunteers who keep the Severn Valley Railway running, without whom, its survival would not be possible.

"I would encourage anyone who is passionate about protecting and preserving this amazing attraction for future generations to join us."

About 2,000 people were today attending a service at Westminster Abbey to mark the 60th anniversary of the Queen's coronation.

Some who participated in the 1953 service were in the congregation.

The Queen was being accompanied by more than 20 members of her family, including the Duke of Edinburgh.

Buckingham Palace said Prince Philip would be present despite pulling out of an engagement on Monday night because he was feeling unwell.

The heavy, solid gold St Edward's Crown was also on display.

The coronation chair, one of the oldest pieces of English furniture still in use, was also on show.

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