Scattering of Ashes: 8 May 2009
Pat's ashes were scattered on the lineside from a special train on Friday 8th May 2009, also enabling those of her Bluebell colleagues who had been unable to travel to the funeral to pay their respects.
Tony Sullivan's photo shows the special train at Sheffield Park.
Announcement: 8 October 2008
It is with much personal sadness that I have to report the death of long time volunteer Pat Berry in a car accident near Amsterdam last Friday (3rd October). Pat was recently married to fellow volunteer, Russell and was on her way back to the UK for another stint as Santa's Granny dealing with the bookings for the Santa Specials. Our thoughts and prayers are with Russell at this time.
Russell was in hospital for a short time but is now at home, battered and bruised and lucky to be alive. Although it was hoped that Pat's funeral could be held in the UK, the costs of repatriation rule this out and it will be held in The Netherlands.
Pat was a volunteer in the Booking Office at Sheffield Park for more years than I care to remember, travelling down once or twice a month from Birmingham to do a weekend on the railway. Following her move to France a few years ago, she would return periodically to the UK to work on the railway, most notably for the Santa season and afterwards when she would update the Santa mailing list.
She will be sorely missed by all her friends and colleagues in the Park Booking Office and on the railway.
Gavin Bennett, General Secretary
8 October 2008
Update: 9 October
The funeral is being held on Thursday 16th October at 1:30pm at the C of E Church, Christ Church Groenburgwal, Amsterdam, followed by a private cremation.
Family flowers only, donations towards to the Northern Extension.
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