May 2021 Blog Update

There are a few pieces of blog news to bring you.

Recent Blog Posts

Since the easing of lockdown restrictions in April, I have not been slow to get back out and about on trains and around Burton on Trent. In mid-April, I took the train to Thurgarton in Nottinghamshire, and walked to a previously-visited station at Lowdham to catch the train back. A week later, I was in Matlock and Matlock Bath for the second time. At the end of April, I ventured up Scalpcliffe Woods in Stapenhill and almost got horribly lost. May began with another train trip, this time to Attenborough and its beautiful nature reserve on a Saturday morning.

The month continued with a train ride and walk to Willington, Repton and Newton Solney, taking in the Trent & Mersey Canal. Syston in Leicestershire was the 47th station ticked off the East Midlands Ranger Area list in the middle of the month.

Future travel plans in June include a walk up to Sinai Park House in Burton on Trent, Alsager and Kidsgrove stations in Staffordshire and Fiskerton and Rolleston railway stations in Nottinghamshire.

The Rams Are Here!

A while ago, I mentioned on here that there was to be a sculpture trail in Derby in the summer of 2021. And now they’re here! 25 decorated ram sculptures are now dotted around Derby city centre, from King Street in the north all the way down to the railway station. I have a visit to Derby planned in the next week or two, and a blog post will follow.

If you want to see the rams for yourself, then you can download a map from the website, or download the free app to your phone and tick off all 25 rams. All the information you need is at derbyramtrail.org.

Exciting Burton Sculpture News!

After the resounding success of the Burton Swans last summer, the team who brought you that now bring you something similar. The Big Burton Carousel will be coming to Burton on Trent next summer (June 2022), with 30 sculptures of galloping horses, as seen on old-fashioned fairground carousels.

Orton & Spooner were one of the world’s foremost manufacturers of fairground rides from the 1890s to the 1950s, and they were based in Burton on Trent. You can find out more about the trail and follow them on social media at thebigburtoncarousel.co.uk.

Burton Albion FC – an apology

In my post published in February 2021 about former football grounds of Burton on Trent, I confidently predicted that Burton Albion would be relegated from Football League One last season:

“They have since been mid-table in League One, but look likely to be relegated in 2020-21, in spite of the return of [Jimmy Floyd] Hasselbaink as manager.”

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A late season surge saw the Brewers finish in 16th place out of 24, ten points clear of relegation. I apologise for doubting them.

Some Minor Blog Changes

The East Midlands Ranger Area map has had a small change. All 76 of the stations are now shown, with the visited ones in blue and the unvisited ones in grey. It would appear that the closest unvisited station is now Polesworth in Warwickshire, although it’s very unlikely that I will ever cross that one off the list. At the time of writing, it has one service per weekday at 6:50 in the morning, and one Saturday train at 7:22am.

In another minor change, I have linked to the Facebook photo album on some of the blog posts, which have every photo taken for that post, including some that didn’t make it on to the blog post.

Social Media

You can follow Martyn’s Blog on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. By following the blog, you can be one of the first to see when posts are published, and also look back on old posts on the anniversary of their publication. All the links are at linktr.ee/martynsblog

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