A few days ago we were contacted by an amateur genealogist who has kindly taken up our challenge and commenced ‘the chase’.
The search has just barely commenced but already he has managed to shed light on some new information and tantalising leads. We now know that Faith Francis died in 1980 in Cambourne Cornwall and tantalisingly had at least one child. Bowen Cooke’s eldest son Charles was born 1886 and died in 1929 (Birmingham). Victor may have been married and died 1988 in Kingsbridge, Devon.
The search will continue for more relatives with an emphasis on finding those living. We are indeed excited to know more and grateful for his efforts. If anyone can assist, please to contact us.
Will will of course keep all our followers and supporters updated with developments as they transpire and we will soon put up the photos from the 22nd July celebrations at Quorn.
We can finally reveal something that we’ve had to hold back on until this day – the day of the first birthday of HRH Prince George.
A report from the day at Quorn will follow in due course but I thought I should post some images of the fabrication of the left splasher, valance, lower-cabside, number and nameplate.
Late last year, soon after the young prince’s birth, we sought consent from the Royal Family to commemorate his birth by naming our new build, ‘Prince George‘ (fitting for a class where the first of the class bore the name of his Great, Great , Great Grandfather and all subsequent members of the class were thereby known by the name, George the Fifth).
Consent as granted on condition that the name would not be revealed until the date of his first birthday, at the earliest. Given this wonderful news, as we placed the order for the front frames and completed the smokebox door, we decided to have the left-splasher, valance, lower cabside, number and nameplates fabricated to mark the occasion but we had to keep in under wraps to honour the conditions set down by the Royal Family.
These parts will of course be used in the final build – this is the left splasher, valance rear-running plate, lower-cabside, name and number plates that you will see on the completed engine.
The number 2013 of course signifies the year of HRH’s birth, which we think you’ll agree is fitting. Now the name was borne by an Experiment Class 4-6-0, number 1135, which emerged from Crewe in September 1907 so technically a George would not have borne them name but given this is a new build and given the wonderful opportunity to bear the young prince’s title, we think you’ll agree that it is a fitting choice.
We hope you’ll enjoy these images, which we think you’ll agree are an evocative taste of what can be. We should point out that as a rule we won’t be fabricating more cosmetic parts until much later in the build. The frame, spacers, wheels, hornblocks and eventually moving towards a rolling chassis are is priority from here on in but the importance of the occasion warranted something to fire the imagination!
On Tuesday 22nd July the GCR will be operating a special Teddy Bears’ Picnic event for children. At Quorn there will be an event which celebrates the first birthday of HRH Prince George.
The LNWR George the fifth Steam Locomotive Trust is inviting guests to this celebration at 11.30 a.m. At 12.15 p.m. the name and number plate of the new George will be unveiled by Noah Cull (aged 5) and Poppy Cull (aged 3) revealing the name to be Prince George and the number to be 2013. This is being done by kind permission of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge who stipulated that the locomotive should receive its name on the first birthday of HRH Prince George.
The unveiling will be followed by a reception in the ‘Tin Shed’ at Quorn at which drinks and canapés will be served. There will be a rolling power point presentation in the Tin Shed showing the history of the Georges. Jamie Keyte is also bringing a gazebo which will feature photographs and other documents of engineering interest relating to the new build.
In addition to providing an enjoyable sociable event for our subscribers it is hoped that the profile of our project with the general public will be greatly enhanced.
A quick message and and a reminder to say that as with last year, the Trust will again be at Kidderminster Station on the wonderful Severn Valley Railway on the 2nd August for the LNWR Society annual event. The day kicks off at 10;30AM and all are welcome. You can read about last year’s event, which marked the 40th anniversary of the LNWR Society, here.
Also expect a significant announcement and presentation from the Trust on the 22nd July. We wish we could say more now but we expect you’ll understand the reason for the secrecy when all is revealed!