A young rail enthusiast is set to get the ride of a lifetime in the cab of a London Underground train thanks to a hugely successful jubilee auction.
The Lord Nelson pub in Stanion put on a children’s royal tea party and disco to celebrate the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and help raise money for an adventure playground for Stanion Primary School.
And thanks to an auction held at the event on June 4, seven-year-old Jack McIlwin will get to ride in a train along the Jubilee line, past the site of the London 2012 Olympic Games.
The pub’s owners Elise Abrams and Michael Zacharias asked their regulars to donate prizes for the auction, and the trip on the Tube train was the biggest attraction on offer.
On Saturday, July 7, Jack and his parents will get to travel in the cab up and down the line from Stanmore to Stratford.
And as long as there are no service disruptions, he will get to visit the new service control centre, which controls the signals on the Jubilee line.
Elise said: “Because it was the Diamond Jubilee we had a tea party and invited all Jacob’s classmates. I put posters up asking for raffle prizes and all of the customers gave us donations.
“Jack will travel the entire length of the Jubilee line and because it is above ground, he will get to see all of the Olympic buildings as well.
“He is really excited about it. They all had a great time and we raised money for a good cause as well.”
The whole event raised £800 for the school, and this was presented to headteacher Andrea Revens by Elise and Michael’s son Jacob, five, last week.