It will soon be time for The Beardman to shave his beard! He rashly said he wouldn’t shave ‘’til the steam trains ran again – never thinking it would be over a year!
Barbara has re-written the “Wellerman” Sea Shanty, calling it “Beardman” a Steam shanty – and VoiceWorx Choir have made a fantastic video – soon to be premiered!
Dick, the Beardman (Barbara’s husband) formerly a fireman, driver, General Manager and now PR Manager, has been heavily involved in raising funds to help the South Devon Railway survive – they have had no real income for over a year, and need £2 million to survive – there has been fantastic support so far with a combination of donations and grants, but they still need to raise half a million in what will be an impossibly short season, with social distancing and everything else that Covid has affected.
Hopefully the publicity around the Big Shave on 18th May at Buckfastleigh Railway station when his Turkish Barber will come along to do the “Big Shave” on-site at the station, will help get visitors coming and donations coming in again.
We spent the first week of our honeymoon on the SDR – Dick as a Trainee Fireman! It will break our hearts if it fails after all this time – the future of so many attractions is at risk in these unprecedented times.
We hope you can bring your friends and family to the SDR – if not, then we thank you for any help and donations you can give the SDR. Just click the button below to visit our fundraiser page.