Comedian Simon Evans will kick off the 25th anniversary of the founding of the Railway Land Wildlife Trust with a charity gig to be held at the Linklater Pavilion, Lewes, on January 27.
A rising star on the national stage, Evans was a recent winner of television’s Celebrity Mastermind and his return visit to Lewes is likely to be a sell-out.
Hove-based Evans is a favourite on the stand-up comedy circuit, with a growing television profile.
The year will see a series of events celebrating the extraordinary history of the railways on site, exclusive video footage of the site 25 years ago before it became a nature reserve, the diversity of the creatures and plants to be found there, the launch of three interactive displays in the Undercroft, a water festival on June 23 and a special celebratory evening in the Town Hall on November 8.
Said Railway Land Project Director Dr John Parry: “We are delighted that Simon Evans has agreed to support us again with his very special brand of humour and we hope that the year will inform as well as entertain – we are running education workshops in partnership with two regional and national bodies and plan a summer of informal activities on Sunday afternoons.’
The site has recently earned its keep by providing flood relief for the Winterbourne stream so saving several properties from flooded basements – this eco system service, or Naturegain as coined by the Trust, is one of several benefits the site brings to the town that the Trust will be highlighting throughout the year.