On a journey to see Railway Children in Lewes

Fun and games at the old depot
Fun and games at the old depot
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Young cinema fans braved rain and hail at Lewes Junior Film Club’s latest adventure, an afternoon of fun and film themed around the 1970 classic The Railway Children, writes Emma Yeomans.

Outside games had been planned in the railway station car park, but as the heavens opened plans were changed, and guests moved inside the Harveys Depot for a journey to Oakworth Station, centre of the adventures in the Lionel Jeffries film starring Dinah Sheridan, Jenny Agutter and Bernard Cribbins.

‘Railway constable’ Kevin Gordon, who is a tour guide in Lewes, introduced guests to his job and the history of the railway in Lewes.

Everyone then took part in a giant board game, trying to make their way from Lewes Station to Oakworth in Yorkshire, with the help of a giant dice, white handkerchiefs and some convincing train impressions!

The afternoon was filmed by local film-maker Danny Weinstein, as part of his documentary on independent cinemas and the proposed new Depot Cinema at the Pinwell Road venue in Lewes.

Lewes Junior Film Club will meet again on April 27 for the film Eric or the Little Book of Insects, a Dutch adventure film about a boy who enters into a landscape painting and discovers a world populated by insects. Lewes Film Club will meet on April 4 for the movie Elena (12), a Russian drama.