Long Shop’s “Final Fling” draws crowds

The Final Fling at the Leiston Long Shop.
L-R Mark and Jack Groom,Daniel Brown.

The Final Fling at the Leiston Long Shop. L-R Mark and Jack Groom,Daniel Brown. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

Leiston Long Shop’s traditional end of season “Final Fling” had perfect weather to bring in the crowds to the popular industrial museum yesterday.

The event traditionally marks the end of the season – but this year the museum is open for one more week for its Halloween Happenings over half-term, complete with the return of the Garrett Ghosts next weekend.

The Final Fling saw industrial locomotive Sirapite in steam chugging up and down a short stretch of track and a number of working models on display as well at the museum’s usual exhibits.

There was even a visit from a Suffolk Punch horse – Garrett traction engines built at the Leiston factory did much to put them out of work during the early years of the last century. And volunteers helped re-enact the work of the Home Guard.


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