VIDEO: Royal visit to historic station

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Rushden had a brush with royalty today (Thursday) as the Duke of Gloucester visited the town’s transport museum.

The Duke, a cousin of the Queen, took a ride in a 1960s carriage pulled by a steam engine.

Rushden Railway Station museum visit by Duke of Gloucester: '03/10/13

Rushden Railway Station museum visit by Duke of Gloucester: '03/10/13

He was visiting after having presented the museum with the people’s choice award at last year’s Northamptonshire Museums and Historic Houses Forum and suggesting he would like to come along and see it for himself one day.

The chairman of the Rushden Historical Transport Society, John Sugars, said: “It was said that he said to his people ‘I wouldn’t mind visiting that’.

“He was in Northampton today anyway and we had a phone call from the Lord Lieutenant’s office saying he was interested in steam engines and could we open up and show him around.

“It’s a big honour for us. There are no sufficient words to describe it.

“We think the last royal visit to Rushden was one of Queen Victoria’s grandchildren in about 1926. They go to Higham, Corby and Kettering, but very few to Rushden.”