The NORTH Yorkshire Moors Railway is to host a series of special events and fund-raising appeals over the coming months.
In 2013 the Railway will celebrate its 40th anniversary, after it was re-opened in 1973 by enthusiastic volunteers determined not to see it close down.
To commemorate this special occasion, a logo competition is being held for members of the public to design an official anniversary emblem making reference to either NYMR or North Yorkshire Moors Railway as well as the number 40.
The chosen design will feature on retail products, marketing campaigns and all 400,000 2013 railway timetables.
The competition will be judged by a panel including the railway’s artist in residence Chris Ware, and will be overseen by the railway designer.
Danielle Ramsey Marketing Manager explains: “The winning logo will be the official emblem used in the lead-up to, and during, the 40th anniversary for all activities associated with the celebrations as well as all publications and campaigns used in 2013. We are also offering the winner four Santa Special tickets for Christmas 2012.”
Entries are to be submitted on a sheet of A4 paper by September 30 2012. They can be posted to 40th Anniversary Logo Competition, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, Marketing, Pickering, YO18 7AJ or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Railway is also making a public appeal for any red, white or blue bunting left over from this year’s patriotic festivities, to be used at future events held on the Railway.
Mrs Ramsey explained: “The idea is to collect any unwanted bunting over the summer in order to store it for use at a later stage at events held on the railway. Many people forget that the railway is a charity so any help we can get through volunteers, donations or bunting in this instance helps to keep the railway going.”
Anyone interested in recycling their bunting should email email@example.com or post it to NYMR Bunting Appeal, Marketing, North Yorkshire Moors Railway, 12 Park Street, Pickering, YO18 7AJ.
NYMR have also announced it will once again host its annual Santa Special Christmas event, including a magical adventure to meet Santa in his Grotto onboard the train.
Mrs Ramsey said: “The Santa Specials have been a highlight of our festive season for many years, not just for the railway but for the many hundreds of excited children and their families who have enjoyed a visit to Santa Claus and riding on a steam train.”
For more information on the NYMR events, visit www.nymr.co.uk