Railway launches musical journeys
A MUSICAL initiative has been jointly launched by Avon Valley Railway and a mum to help people with learning difficulties.
The heritage railway at Bitton is piloting a music train with the help of Liz Gray, whose 26-year-old son Stephen has autism.
The first train ran yesterday, when several families benefited from the musical journey through the countryside.
David Cole, development manager at the railway, said: "Music has proved to be very beneficial for the wellbeing of many people with severe learning difficulties.
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"Unfortunately, most music venues are not particularly suited to their needs due to the time of day, large areas, length of performances and cost.
"Trains are also known to be of great interest to this sector with Thomas from Thomas the Tank Engine being the mascot for the National Autistic Society.
"By combining these two elements the music train would provide a regular meeting place for people with severe learning difficulties who have an interest in music."