Welcome to this years 'Indietracks' festival at the Midland Railway Trust, Butterley, I can't think of another place where 3000 people can picnic with their friends and family on the grass next to 20189 and 20059 and spend the afternoon watching a superb variety of bands.
Now in its eleventh year over three nights the festival combines more than fifty live bands , the heritage of the railway, a mini beer festival with a really friendly safe atmosphere. The bands which this year included The Wedding Present, Cate lLe Bon, The Wave Pictures, Martha and friends of the society Milky Wimpshake, played over four stages, including on the train and in the diesel shed.
The festival bar was kept busy selling over 5000 pints of local real ales over the weekend along with numerous craft ciders, at times with twelve volunteers serving. As well as Twenties spotlit and on prominent display by the stage, you could even colour in 20189 on the kids colouring page of the programme.
Yet again it was an amazing memorable weekend, with a brilliant atmosphere, despite some rain there were no problems - I hope you can make it next year. Thanks to the organisers and volunteers from the trust and Indietracks, the artists, DJ's, caterers and kids entertainers. Just who was the man in the Family Cat T shirt, who seemed to be everywhere ???