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Enid Blyton Noddy Events.
2008 - The "Noddy" weekend, although a success from a running point of view, was a disappointment from a takings point of view. Compared with the average over the previous 4 years, takings were down by 22% and compared with 2005 and 2006 were down by 41%. Even compared with last years disaster we were down by 10%. The weather couldn't be blamed, although quite windy it remained dry on both days. However one explanation for the Saturday may have been the football match on TV between Doncaster and Leeds, although there was very little difference between takings on each of the two days. Once again the new gazebo took a battering and had to be abandoned on the Sunday. Some repair work will now be required.No further "Noddy" events have taken place, this resulting in the loss of one of our main incomes.
Days out with Thomas Events.
2008 - The event held weekend 19th/20th July put the new system, of Elsecar Steam Railway buying us in, into operation. There were no major problems the only minor problems were that we found that adults tickets did not include additional rides so we had to use our discretion and allow them to ride if accompanied by a child. Also several potential customers had to be refused rides as they did not have a ticket. We did a head count on the Saturday when 363 passengers were carried. As far as we could see we did not lose out on the event.Subsequently we were not invited to attend the Thomas event scheduled for 27th and 28th of September. We suspected that this might be the case after learning that the Elsecar Steam Railway had financial problems at the last event. We are however disappointed that we were not consulted prior to the decision not to invite us.We were invited to attend a Halloween event on the 31st October followed by a Mardy Monster special event on the 1st/2nd November. These were a complete disaster, not helped by the poor weather. We carried 103 passengers on the 31st October, 50 on the 1st November and the magnificent number of 9 on the 2nd November.We have not been invited to attend any further events, run by the Elsecar Heritage Steam Railway, resulting in a further loss of one of our main incomes.
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