A dream come true for Ronnie

Ronnie, who lives and is supported in Barnoldswick, has a life-long love of trains. As part of his 70th birthday celebrations, Ronnie took a trip on the luxurious 1930’s inspired Belmond Northern Belle train, travelling to Edinburgh where he visited the Royal Yacht Britannia.


Ronnie with support Lynda and Anne

Ronnie with support Lynda and Anne

“For years, Ronnie has looked forward to experiencing his ultimate train journey”, Team Leader Anne Marsters said: “He enjoyed every minute of the trip and has talked about his journey almost every day since he returned. He has a renewed interest in his train books and shows everyone pictures of trains telling them about his trip. ”Anne said of Ronnie’s dream trip: “The train was beautiful; reminiscent of a time gone by with lamps on the table and wood panelling in the carriages. Ronnie enjoyed a lovely lunch on the train. The return journey took about four and a half hours in total with several hours on the Royal Yacht also so it was a long day for Ronnie, but he enjoyed every minute of it.”

Once Ronnie, along with support team members Anne and Lynda Shepley, had reached Edinburgh, he enjoyed a short trip by coach to the Royal Yacht Britannia; the former floating home of Her Majesty the Queen. Home to the Royal Family for over 40 years and sailing over 1,000,000 miles around the world, Ronnie enjoyed strolling through the corridors and on the decks where the Royal family had travelled and holidayed before the yacht was decommissioned. He visited all parts of the yacht including the royal apartments, crew’s quarters, dining rooms, and the kitchens where many banquets had been prepared for the Queen.

This was a trip of a lifetime for Ronnie and will hopefully give him happy memories for many years – or until the next trip!

All aboard - happy 70th Ronnie!

All aboard – happy 70th Ronnie!